Today: Kids get in free to the Strawberry Festival

Not only does that save some serious money (the regular admission price is $5 for children ages 6-12 and $10 for anyone older than that) but it's a good excuse to take the family to the annual event, now in its 77th year.

Of course there's the usual rides, midway, livestock, exhibits and shows that make the Strawberry Festival special, from Australian soft rock wonders Air Supply, who plays tonight, to racing pigs.

Yes, the racing pigs have returned. With six shows a day and capacity crowds, they're in high demand.

In addition to all of that entertainment, of course, is the food. First on the list is strawberries, naturally: Make-your-own strawberry shortcake takes it place alongside strawberry milkshakes and strawberry ice cream, as well as flats of strawberries waiting to be eaten. If you like strawberries, it's not surprising that the Strawberry Festival is the place to go.

But they have a lot more than strawberries. The have fried cheese, fried candy, fried butter and fried ... well, almost anything you can imagine. It might not be good for a diet, but it's always popular and part of the festival tradition for many attendees. And if you ever wondered what chocolate-covered bacon tastes like, here's your chance.

The Florida Strawberry Festival runs through March 11. Military, law enforcement and first responders have their own American Heroes Day this Wednesday, which also offers them free admission.

Children love festivals, adults like saving money and everybody likes strawberries. All of it comes together today.

The festival is open each day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Racing pigs is just one form of free entertainment at the 77th Florida Strawberry Festival

If you want to go to the Florida Strawberry Festival with a child or young adult, today is the day to do it: As part of Kids' Day, all children through high school age get in free.

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