The annual spring festival has been around since the 1930s to celebrate the strawberry, and will be held this year from March 1 to 11 at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds at 303 North Lemon Street.
Through March 11, nearly 300 stores in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter Counties will be selling admission tickets, and several stores will offer discounted strawberry shortcake tickets.
Those items will be collected to donate to the United Food Bank of Plant City.
There will be some big names in concert at the Strawberry Festival including Brad Paisley and Reba McEntire.
There will be new food items, including the “Way Better Strawberry Milkshake,” and a new contest, “The Amish Donut Eating Contest,” which has been a popular food item for years.