A Visit to the 2017 Florida Strawberry Festival

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Yesterday was a beautiful day to spend a few hours at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City – just a few miles East of Tampa.

Plant City is arguably the largest strawberry growing area in the Country. During each March ‘s strawberry harvesting time the area shows its pride with one heck of an eleven day agricultural fair celebration paying homage to the growers – many are multi-generational family farms. Besides a large midway for the kids and young at heart, there are the animal and Ag demonstrations and exhibits with two real stand-outs. First is the strawberry decked out smartly in every edible form imaginable from shortcakes, shakes, sundaes to jams, jellies and more.

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Secondly, it’s over a week filled with some of the finest Country stars making appearances on the Wish Farms Sound Stage. This year featured Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, The Bellamy Brothers, Jennifer Nettles, Brenda Lee, Maddie & Tae and Rascal Flatts, to name a few.

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This year we chose to see Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers’ afternoon performance. They were as good as we expected, singing many of the hits they have had over their 40+ year career. They had two of the famous Lennon Sisters – Jan and Kathy – join them on stage for a couple of songs. They sang their hearts out for a very large crowd for about an hour and a half. Great show – even though the temp was hovering in the low 80’s, there was a nice breeze now and then that was much appreciated by the crowd.

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Our friends from Canada – Cheryl and Ray – joined us for this excursion and we spent several hours at the Festival enjoying the sights, listening to (and buying more CD’s from) one of Niki’s favorite groups – “Runa Pacha” – so versatile on the pan flute. We also enjoyed the Fair-type food including, of course, a mandatory round of huge, fresh, strawberry shortcake.

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The Florida Strawberry Festival is a lot of fun and we enjoy visiting it each year. We do recommend  if you ever have the chance to catch it as well.

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See more photos of the Florida Strawberry Festival on our Pinterest pages at https://www.pinterest.com/snowbirdrvtrail/florida-strawberry-festival/.

Safe travels and enjoy every adventure,

Niki and Jack

6 thoughts on “A Visit to the 2017 Florida Strawberry Festival

  1. The Strawberry Festival is definitely a must do one time at least.

    What program do you use to put your footnote on your photos? I have not found one that is very user friendly.

    Thanks
    Susan

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  2. Hi Susan,
    We agree – the Strawberry Festival is a blast. We usually make it one day each year for around what ever artist we want to see. The photo program I use is called Photoscape. Very easy to use, has all the bells and whistles – best of all it is free to download off the Web.
    Happy Trails,
    Jack

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    1. I downloaded Photoscape thanks for the tip. Unfortunately even though it says it is compatible with my Android the program will not work at all on my phone, I keep getting a message that says “unfortunately Photoscape has stopped working” which is exactly what several of the comments on the Play Store stated regarding this app. I will keep trying.

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  3. The Lennon Sisters! I remember them from Lawrence Welk. My sister & I always loved to hear them. We thought they were the equivalent of Barbershop, only for women. Whoever did their arrangements really knew his or her stuff. I am sure Runa Pacha is the group who we heard at the Park Ave Fest one time years ago. We had never heard music like that before & got a couple of their CD’s. So Niki is in good company, haha! The strawberry festival does sound like a fun thing to attend. Mmmmmm!

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    1. If you are going to celebrate something then the strawberry is hard to beat. They have a couple of other veggie festivals down here but none as sweet. The Lennon Sisters appeared for a stint with the Gatlins in either Las Vegas or Branson so it was like old home week for them.

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