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Sonshine Opry ready for debut at Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds

PLANT CITY – The Sonshine Opry is coming to the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City, Saturday, Sept. 14, bringing gospel and bluegrass music, a “Sonshine Market” selling crafts and food from local vendors and churches, and a car show.

Inspired by the Florida Opry of the past, the gospel music festival will run from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. with performances from local church choirs and singing groups throughout the day.

Bands Ezekiel 33 and Ramblin’ Rose will take the stage for the evening’s entertainment, followed by a performance from Florida Strawberry Festival entertainer Dennis Lee, who will also act as emcee along with J. Myrle Henry, founder of the Florida Opry. The evening will conclude in a performance from “Six White Horses” singer Tommy Cash — the brother of the late Johnny Cash — at the Madonia Agricultural Center.

The music festival is being organized by Cindy Griffin, president of Demo Sales and a Plant City native, who explained that after promoting events throughout Central Florida, one of her long-term goals was to bring something similar to her hometown.

“We wanted to bring big events back to our local community,” she said, adding that she is partnering with J. Myrle Henry and Pastor Daniel Middlebrooks of Hopewell Baptist Church in Plant City to help organize and get the word out about the event.

The music festival will also include an area for children and will feature a series of puppet shows presented by local churches from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We want to provide a place for kids to be able to come and present to them God’s truth,” said Middlebrooks.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 14, and there will be an additional $2 charge for parking. For more information regarding the music festival or ticket purchases, contact Cindy Griffin at (813) 967-6109 or Linda Dyer at (813) 417-1534.

To learn more about the Sonshine Opry visit their website at www.sonshineopry.com.

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