Florida Strawberry Festival

Strawberry production is a major industry in the United States and while California may be the major producer, Florida is no slouch either. Berries in Florida start to ripen in November and peek in March. It seems fitting then that the Florida Strawberry Festival  should take place in March when the berries are at their finest. Plant City is the location of the festival and for 2013 the dates  will be February 28 – March 10. If you are a strawberry lover, this is the place to be.

The festival has been going on for over 80 years. The first one took place in 1930 as a way to celebrate the bountiful harvest and while there was no festival for six years during World War II, the event has been going strong ever since it was reactivated in 1948. The event is supported by many local organizations including the Lions Club and American Legion.  What began as a local event has grown to be one which draws people from all over the state and even all over the country. For many people, fresh local strawberries in March are only a dream unless you happen to come to Plant City.

One unique aspect of this festival is the fact that it has its own post office. You can bring your letters to be postmarked with this unique stamp. While eating lots of delicious things made from strawberries is one of the main attractions of this festival, it is far from the only thing.

The midway

The Florida Strawberry Festival has a great midway that can rival most state fairs. There are rides and attractions for family members of all ages. On certain days there are reduced prices for unlimited rides. Be sure to check the festival websites to get the times and dates. There are of course also games of chance for those who want to try their hand. There is a special section for the younger members of the family as well.

Entertainment

There are two headline concerts daily on the main stage. One is at 3:30pm and one at 7:30pm. The concerts are included in the entrance fee. There are about 3,000 seats available. If it is a crowded day, you might want to get to the seats early because it is first come first served and they have been known to run out of seating.  If you prefer to guarantee a seat you can pay an additional fee which starts at $10 and goes up from there depending on the show.

Food

What brings most people to the festival is the luscious red fruits that are so well loved in this part of Florida. There are loads of choices when it comes to getting your strawberry shortcake fix, snacking on chocolate covered strawberries and enjoying strawberries in all the many ways that it really shines.

There are exhibitions of all kinds, a beauty contest and much more at the Florida Strawberry Festival. If you are coming from far way be sure to reserve your room well in advance, this is a very popular attraction.