2013 Strawberry Festival: Armbands, Concert Lineup, Free Shows

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The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City will be ripe and ready for harvesting Feb. 28 – March 10, 2013.  This annual festival welcomes around a half a million visitors during its 11 day run. We have gathered a list of the best things you should to know about hours, ticket prices, special events and discounts.

Strawberry Festival
303 N. Lemon Street
Plant City, Florida 33563
813-754-9194  | www.flstrawberryfestival.com

Dates:  Feb. 28 – March 10,  2013 | Hours:  10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Admission Prices

Regular Gate Admission for Adults (February 28 – March 10) –  $10.00
Regular Gate Admission for Children ages 6-12 (February 28 – March 10) –  $5.00 Children 5 and under are Free

The Midway opens daily at 12 noon except on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, when it opens at 10:00 a.m.

The Kiddie Korral Rides open at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. Located near Gate 5 at the east end of the Festival grounds, this is a ride center geared for the younger set.

AMERICAN HEROES DAY – Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
The Florida Strawberry Festival will honor our American Heroes by offering FREE admission.

SENIOR CITIZENS’ DAY – Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Patrons 60 years of age or older get $2.00 off the gate admission of $10.00 all day.

Full Concert Lineup and Times:

Thursday, February 28th

  • 10:30 a.m.  Jimmy Sturr (FREE Show)
  • 3:30 p.m.  Chubby Checker
  • 7:30 p.m.  Foreigner

Friday, March 1st

  • 3:30 p.m.  Gene Watson
  • 7:30 p.m.  Casting Crowns

Saturday, March 2nd

  • 1 p.m.  Caroline Kole (FREE show)
  • 3:30 p.m. Gloriana
  • 7:30 p.m.  Justin Moore

Sunday, March 3rd

  • 3:30 p.m.  Randy Houser

Monday, March 4th

  • 3:30 p.m.  Grits & Glamour – Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis
  • 7:30 p.m.  Dwight Yoakam

Tuesday, March 5th

  • 3:30 p.m.  Bobby Vinton
  • 7:30 p.m. Martina McBride

Wednesday, March 6th – American Heroes Day

  • 3:30 p.m.  Neal McCoy
  • 7:30 p.m.  Trace Adkins

Thursday, March 7th

  • 10:30 a.m.  Steve Hall & the Shotgun Red Show (FREE Show)
  • 3:30 p.m.  Mel Tillis
  • 7:30 p.m.  Brantley Gilbert

Friday, March 8th

  • 3:30 p.m.  T.G. Sheppard & Janie Frickie
  • 7:30 p.m.  Scotty McCreery

Saturday, March 9th

  • 3:30 p.m. Gaither Vocal Band
  • 7:30 p.m.  Bret Michaels

Sunday, March 10th

  • 3:30 p.m. Hunter Hayes
  • 7:30 p.m.  Blake Shelton

More incredible acts will be added, so we’ll keep you up to date! Concert ticketsicon1 2013 Strawberry Festival: Armbands, Concert Lineup, Free Shows do not include gate admission. There are a limited number of FREE Seats available in the Free Grandstands. Availability is based on a first come, first seated basis.

To buy tickets, visit the Florida Strawberry Festival box office in person, call (813) 752-9194,  or just CLICK HERE to buy them online!

Ride Specials

Thursday, February 28, 2013
RIDE-A-THON Day

From 12:00 Noon until 11:00 p.m., a wristband purchased at the Midway for $20.00 will entitle the wearer to ride most mechanical rides for this one low price.

Friday, March 1, 2013
SWEETBAY SUPERMARKET DAY ON THE MIDWAY & MOONLIGHT MAGIC NIGHT

Sweetbay Supermarket Day on the Midway saves you $4.00 off the regular price of $20.00 for the Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book from Noon until 10 pm. Moonlight Magic begins at 10:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 a.m. Ride most mechanical rides for one special price of $20.00 per person.

Sunday, March 3 & 10
MOUNTAIN DEW FAMILY DAY

It’s “Dew” Day AND a weekend MIDWAY wristband special – Ride all day, 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., for only $25. But that’s not all — bring any flavor Mountain Dew can to the Festival and receive a voucher when you enter the Festival for $5 off the $25 MIDWAY wristband and ride all day for only $20!! Mountain Dew can, NOT valid for gate admission.

March 4 – 7, 2013
Ride-A-Thon Day

From 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., a wristband purchased at the Midway for $20.00 will entitle the wearer to ride most mechanical rides for this one low price.

Friday, March 8, 2013
TAMPA TRIBUNE & TBO.com DAY on the Midway & Moonlight Magic Night

The Tampa Tribune & TBO.com Day on the Midway saves you $2.00 off the regular price of $20.00 for the Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book from Noon until 10 pm. Be sure to take part in the EXTRA SAVINGS!! If you visit TBO.com and print off the Tampa Tribune Day on the Midway Coupon or bring in the coupon from The Tampa Tribune Newspaper, you can save an additional $2.00 off the Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book making the book only $16.00.
Moonlight Magic begins at 10:00 p.m. and ends at 2:00 a.m. Ride most mechanical rides for one special price of $20.00 per person.

Free Shows

JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Show
Show Times: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm

“JUMP” The Ultimate Dog Show is a non stop, action packed, Canine Thrill Show that showcases Incredible Dogs and their Handlers performing amazing stunts to upbeat music that will thrill audiences of all ages.

Rock-It the Robot
Show Times: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Get ready to meet your new favorite dance partner! At 9 feet tall, Rock-It the Robot has moves that range from country to HIP-HOP and even has his own Robo-Boogie-Get-Down dancing. With his own brand of comedic humor, Rock-It is a must see at this year’s Festival.

Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers
Show Times: 11:00 am, Noon, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm

From the Andes Mountains, they play native wind pipes and flutes combined with a variety of string instruments and modern electronic effects to create a relaxing sound like no other.

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Monday, March 4, 2013
| Time: 3:00 pm

Kids will have the opportunity to build little tool boxes and heart baskets while learning to use basic tools with tips given by Home Depot Associates. The Home Depot display and kids workshop is located East of the Amscot Main Ticket Gate next to the Lumberjills Show.

Special Events

Fried Corn on the Cob Team Eating Contest
Friday, March 1, 2013 | 1:00 pm

Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest
Saturday, March 2, 2013  | 1:00 pm

Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Superdog Mega Corndog Eating Contest
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 1:00 pm

Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
Thursday March 7, 2013 |2:00 pm

Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest
Friday, March 8, 2013 |  12: 00 Noon

BABY CONTESTS:  Sunday, March 3, 2013 Time:  5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Sweetbay Supermarket Showcase Tent | For more info click HERE.

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