Award-winning Christian artist TobyMac is scheduled to perform at the Strawberry Festival.

It’s that time of year again! When the frost has thawed and the sweet red berries that call Plant City home are at their peak and celebrated with the annual Florida Strawberry Festival, taking place this year from Thursday, March 1- Sunday, March 11.

This year’s theme for the festival is “Growing Sweet Memories,” which is apropos being that this is the 77th year that the city has reveled in the fruit.

Plant City is known as the winter capital of the world for strawberries. On its Website, the Florida Strawberry Festival touts, “more than 10,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually in the local area. This county is now one of the largest agricultural counties in the nation.”

This year, expect 80 rides and more than 400 vendors selling everything strawberry like cobbler, shortcake, chocolate covered, milkshakes, pizza, churros and more. In addition to the food and goods available for sale at the festival, one of the most popular attractions are the concerts, held every year and this year is no exception with 26 concerts being held over 11 days.

Christian artist TobyMac will be performing at the festival on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. The Christian Voice will have tickets to that concert, which it will be giving away through trivia on its Website and on page 18 in this newspaper edition.

Other entertainment includes Hank Williams, Jr., Lee Greenwood, teen sensation Demi Lovato, Louise Mandrell, Vince Gill, The Charlie Daniels Band, Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins, Easton Corbin and Reba McEntire.

In addition to food, concerts and rides, The Neighborhood Market is dedicated to  handcrafted items.

 Adult tickets are $8 with youth from ago 6-12 costing $4. Advance ticketsare available at Sweetbay Supermarkets.
This is a clean, fun, family -friendly event for all ages.

The Strawberry Festival is located at 303 N. Lemon St., in Plant City. A  map of the festival is located on the Website, along with information of all the events at

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Jennifer Silverstein
Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.