Celebrate ‘American Heroes’ at the Florida Strawberry Festival

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The festival, held at 303 N. Lemon St. in Plant City, is a collection of agricultural and livestock exhibits, food, rides, food, games, food, and entertainment. Did I mention the food? You can’t walk more than a few feet without being enticed by a variety of special treats you won’t find at home. There’s plenty of strawberry shortcake, of course, and you’d be missing out if you didn’t try some. But they also have fried delicacies that you’ve probably never tried before: Fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, fried Snickers, fried Milky Way candy bars, and fried butter. Yes, fried butter. They have plenty of others, too, so if you like your food deep fried or on a stick (or both) you’ll be more than satisfied.

The festival has a great deal of entertainment as well, from music acts like Tanya Tucker and The Doobie Brothers (free general admission seats while they last, and reserved seats available to purchase) to daily activities like Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, a popular attraction where the seats are full for every pig race. There’s also a full midway with rides and games, as well as a special children’s section with rides more appropriate for younger visitors. Throw in all the different businesses booths, vendor tables, photography and art shows and you’ve got a full day of activities to keep everyone entertained.

And on Wednesday, our “American Heroes” get in free. All active and retired military, law enforcement and first-responders will enjoy free admission with appropriate ID. Regular admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5-and-under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information, call 813-752-9194 or visit www.flstrawberryfestival.com.

The Florida Strawberry Festival means plenty of strawberries, of course. But there’s a lot more than fruit to draw you to the annual event, now in its 76th year. And on Wednesday, there’s an even better reason for active military and first-responders to attend: Free admission.

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