Strawberry Festival 2018 Offers Fun For The Whole Family


Florida Strawberry Festival

Mr. Berry entertains children at the festival.

Preston Jones, Staff Writer

Plant City, Fla.–The Florida Strawberry Festival has been a staple of Plant City ever since it started back in 1930. The 11 day event has received many large crowds from people all over the state. This year’s festival featured many popular forms of entertainment ranging from it’s ride’s and family attractions to it’s live performances and popular strawberry shortcake.

While many arrangements had been changed to the festival’s original musical lineup, the festival still included various performances by top headliners such as “Gary Allan,” “Justin Moore with Dylan Scott,” “Earth, Wind & Fire,” “Casting Crowns,” and “REBA McENTIRE.” The acts were big for the crowd, and gained a lot of attention from those at the festival.

Guests who wanted to take a more interactive experience took an approach towards the festival’s rides. Over 40 rides were featured at the event including “Tornado,” “Cyclone Coaster,” “Ring of Fire,” and “Moonraker.” On March 1st, guests were able to purchase a wristband, available at the Midway, that granted those who purchased it with the ability to ride most of the rides at the festival. In addition to the ability to ride most of the rides, the wristband also allowed guests to receive one free Polar Pop from any Circle K location.

During the event, many guests were able to experience many other interactive attractions suitable for the entire family. Other activities were held in “The Neighborhood Village,” where guests had the opportunity to take part in contests for a multitude of categories. Some of the contest categories included cake decorating, baking, home decorative items, and jewelry. The festival was a great place for people to show off their skills.

As stated before, the festival’s traditional strawberry shortcake returned to the spotlight for those who wanted to indulge themselves in the popular delicacy. Strawberry shortcake was sold in many areas throughout the festival’s grounds, inviting many other treats for guests to eat.

The “Make Your Own” strawberry shortcake, for example, allowed guests to choose how they wanted their dessert to be made. Other choices were served featuring Plant City’s strawberries as the primary feature. Ranging from the foods such as the original Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake to the off-beat Strawberry Lasagna, there is a food for everyone.

With many different enjoyable options for guests, the 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival drew another success. The festival was truly a place where the community could connect and strawberry lovers could spend time with those they enjoy being around.