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Plant City Courier

Florida Strawberry Festival daily schedule


Published:   |   Updated: February 25, 2014 at 02:35 PM

THURSDAY FEB. 27

Senior Citizen’s Day/Ride-A-Thon Day

Patrons 60 years of age or older get $2 off the $10 gate admission all day. Ride-A-Thon is noon to 11 p.m.; a wristband purchased at the midway for $20 entitles the wearer to ride most mechanical rides.

10 a.m.: Gates open

10:30 a.m.-noon: Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, Wish Farms Soundstage

11:45 a.m.: Senior citizens drawing, Wish Farms Soundstange

Noon: Midway opens

2 p.m.: Fried corn on the cob eating contest, Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

3:30 p.m.: Shoji Tabuchi, Wish Farms Soundstage

5-8 p.m.: Meet R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from “Swamp People”

7 p.m.: Shannon Magrane, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7 p.m.: CF Industries Youth Swine Show, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

7:30 p.m.: STYX, Wish Farms Soundstage

FRIDAY FEB. 28

Publix Super Market Day on the Midway/Moonlight Magic

Present any Publix brand non-perishable item at entry gate and receive $4 off the regular price of $20 Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book from noon to 10 p.m. During Moonlight Magic, ride most mechanical rides for $20 per person from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. All patrons entering the midway for this event will be required to purchase a wristband.

10 a.m.: Gates open

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Canada Calling with Prior Smith

Noon: Midway opens

Noon–3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.: Meet R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from “Swamp People”

1 p.m.: Dairy Contestant Judging, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

3:30 p.m.: Ronnie Milsap, Wish Farms Soundstage

7 p.m.: CF Industries Youth Swine Sale, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

7 p.m.: Ryan Weaver, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:30 p.m.: Colt Ford, Wish Farms Soundstage

10 p.m.-2 a.m.: Moonlight Magic

SATURDAY MARCH 1

Kids Day/Youth Parade Day

Children through high school age admitted free all day.

10 a.m.: Gates and midway open

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Canada Calling with Prior Smith

11 a.m.: 41st annual Plant City Civitan Club Youth Parade

Noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.: Meet R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from “Swamp People”

Noon: Dairy Show Showmanship, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

2 p.m.: Youth strawberry stemming contest, Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

2 p.m.: Dairy Show, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

3:30 p.m.: Love and Theft, Wish Farms Soundstage

6 p.m.: Hola Plant City! featuring Don Cheto, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:30 p.m.: Little Big Town, Wish Farms Soundstage

SUNDAY MARCH 2

Pepsi Family Day

Present any Pepsi brand can product at entry gate to receive a voucher for $5 off the $25 wristband and ride all day. Pepsi brand can not valid for gate admission.

10 a.m.: Gates and midway open

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Meet R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from “Swamp People”

11 a.m.: Adult Dairy Showmanship, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

11:30 a.m.: Dairy Pee Wee Showmanship, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

12:30 p.m.: Dairy Costume Ball, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

2 p.m.: Youth Plant Sale, Swindle Family Pavilion

3:30 p.m.: Thompson Square, Wish Farms Soundstage

3:45-4:45 p.m.: Registration for Baby Contest, Showcase Tent

(Hillsborough County babies only)

5-7 p.m.: Baby Contest

7 p.m.: Tina Watson-Conley, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:30 p.m.: Rascal Flatts, Wish Farms Soundstage

MONDAY MARCH 3

Grand Parade Day/Ride-A-Thon Day

Ride-A-Thon is 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; a wristband purchased at the midway for $20 entitles the wearer to ride most mechanical rides.

10 a.m.: Gates and midway open

1 p.m.: Grand Parade begins downtown

2 p.m. Grand Parade passes by festival grounds

3 p.m.: The Home Depot Kids Workshop

3:30 p.m.: Charley Pride, Wish Farms Soundstage

5-8 p.m.: Meet Bobby Brantley from “Lizard Lick Towing”

5 p.m.: Lamb Jumping, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

6 p.m.: Lamb Show, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

7 p.m.: Next Radical Generation (NRG), Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:30 p.m.: Josh Turner, Wish Farms Soundstage

TUESDAY MARCH 4

Red Hat Day/Ride-A-Thon Day

Red Hatters receive $2 discount off $10 gate admission. Ride-A-Thon is noon to 11 p.m.; a wristband purchased at the midway for $20 entitles the wearer to ride most mechanical rides.

10 a.m.: Gates open

11 a.m.: Welcome to Red Hatters, Eye Express Grandstand

Noon: Midway opens

Noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.: Meet Bobby Brantley from “Lizard Lick Towing”

1 p.m.: Dennis Lee show for Red Hatters, Showcase Tent

2 p.m.: Adult strawberry stemming contest, Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

3:30 p.m.: Brenda Lee, Wish Farms Soundstage

7 p.m.: Lamb Costume Contest, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

7 p.m.: Bobby G. Summers, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:30 p.m.: Kellie Pickler, Wish Farms Soundstage

WEDNESDAY MARCH 5

American Heroes Day/Ride-A-Thon Day

All active, reserve, retired military veterans, law enforcement officers and first responders admitted free with valid ID. Ride-A-Thon is noon to 11 p.m.; a wristband purchased at the midway for $20 entitles the wearer to ride most mechanical rides.

10 a.m.: Gates open

Noon: Midway opens

Noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Meet Bobby Brantley from “Lizard Lick Towing”

1 p.m.: Superdog mega corndog eating contest, Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

3:30 p.m.: Crystal Gayle, Wish Farms Soundstage

6 p.m.: CF Industries Youth Steer Show, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

7 p.m.: Grayson Rogers Band, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:15 p.m.: Honor to American heroes, Wish Farms Soundstage

7:30 p.m.: Lee Brice, Wish Farms Soundstage

THURSDAY MARCH 6

Florida Blue Senior Citizens Day/Ride-A-Thon Day

Patrons 60 years and older get $2 off $10 gate admission. Ride-A-Thon is noon to 11 p.m.; a wristband purchased at the midway for $20 entitles the wearer to ride most mechanical rides.

10 a.m.: Gates open

10:30 a.m.-noon: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Wish Farms Soundstage

11:45 a.m.: Senior citizens drawing, Wish Farms Soundstage

Noon: Midway opens

2 p.m.: Strawberry shortcake eating contest, Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

3:30 p.m.: The Oak Ridge Boys, Wish Farms Soundstage

7 p.m.: Billy and the Soul Circus Cowboys, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:30 p.m.: Third Day, Wish Farms Soundstage

FRIDAY MARCH 7

The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com Day on the Midway/Moonlight Magic

During The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com Day on the Midway, get $4 off with coupon off the regular price of $20 Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book.

During Moonlight Magic, ride most mechanical rides for $20 per person from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. All patrons entering the midway for this event will be required to purchase a wristband.

10 a.m.: Gates open

Noon: Midway opens

Noon: Strawberry mashed potato pie eating contest, Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

3-5 p.m.: Livestock Judging, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

3:30 p.m.: John Anderson, Wish Farms Soundstage

6 p.m.: Beef Breed Showmanship, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

7 p.m.: Makenzie Raye, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:30 p.m.: Boyz II Men, Wish Farms Soundstage

10 p.m.-2 a.m.: Moonlight Magic

SATURDAY MARCH 8

Farm Worker Appreciation Day

10 a.m.: Gates and midway open

10:15 a.m.: Baby Parade, Eye Express Grandstand

1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.: Meet Troy Landry from “Swamp People”

1 p.m.: Caroline Kole, Wish Farms Soundstage

3:30 p.m.: Dustin Lynch, Wish Farms Soundstage

6 p.m.: Hola Plant City! featuring Celebrity Anais

7 p.m.: CF Industries Youth Steer Sale, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

7:30-10 p.m.: Gospel Night featuring Pastor Calvin “Pee Wee” Callins, Showcase Tent

7:30 p.m.: Jerrod Niemann, Wish Farms Soundstage

SUNDAY MARCH 9

Pepsi Family Day

Present any Pepsi brand can product at entry gate to receive a voucher for $5 off the $25 wristband and ride all day. Pepsi brand can not valid for gate admission.

10 a.m.: Gates and midway open

11 a.m.: Youth Beef Breed Show, Patterson Co. Livestock Arena

1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.: Meet Troy Landry from “Swamp People”

1 p.m.: Kitchen Craft Cookware drawing, Neighborhood Village

3:30 p.m.: Easton Corbin, Wish Farms Soundstage

5 p.m.: Stingray Chevrolet Vehicle Drawing, East Independent area

7 p.m.: Heanon Tate, Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

7:30 p.m.: The Band Perry, Wish Farms Soundstage

The festival grounds are at 303 N. Lemon St., Plant City. Festival admission prices at the gate are $10 for ages 13 and older and $5 for ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Admission tickets purchased in advance at the festival ticket office at 2209 W. Oak St., and at participating area Publix stores are $8 for ages 13 and older and $4 for ages 6 to 12. Discount admission ticket sales end Feb. 26 at the festival ticket office but continue at Publix until festival’s end.

Headline concert tickets are $15 to $55 for reserved seats, depending on the artist and seat location. At each headline show, there are about 3,000 free grandstand seats available on a first-come basis.

Concert tickets are not good for admission to the festival grounds.

For information, call the ticket office at (813) 754-1996 or go to www.flstrawberryfestival.com.

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