Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town And More
The Florida Strawberry Festival has announced its 2017 lineup and it is big. The 11-day festival in the heart of Plant City will headline country, pop and rock stars. Some of the big-time names that will be featured include: Willie Nelson, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles, 3 Doors Down, and Needtobreathe.
The festival will have a mix of up and coming artists and seasoned artists, such as the Bellamy Brothers and Oak Ridge Boys.
This year the festival will run from March 2-12 and ticket prices will vary day by day. The tickets go on sale in Decemeber and a limited number of seats will be free with festival admission, available on a first-come. first-served basis.
March 2: TBA (7:30 p.m.); Drifters, Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters (3:30 p.m., $15-$25); Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (10:30 a.m., free with paid admissions)
March 3: Willie Nelson and Family (7:30, $40), Kip Moore (3:30, $35)
March 4: Kane Brown (3:30, $25), 3 Doors Down (7:30, $35)
March 5: Little Big Town (7:30, $45), Clare Bowen/Charles Esten from hit show Nashville (3:30, $25)
March 6: Jennifer Nettles (7:30, $35), Bellamy Brothers (3:30, $15-$20)
March 7: Needtobreathe (7:30, $25-$30), Brenda Lee (3:30, $15-$20)
March 8: Scotty McCreery (7:30, $25-$30), Tracy Byrd (3:30, $15-$20)
March 9: The Blues Brothers (7:30, $35), The Oak Ridge Boys (3:30, $15-$20), Cab Calloway Orchestra (10:30 a.m., free)
March 10: Elle King (7:30, $20), Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers (3:30, $15-$20)
March 11: Patti LaBelle (7:30, $40), Maddie and Tae (3:30, $25)
March 12: Rascal Flatts (7:30, $50), Joe Nichols (3:30, $20)
The festival will also feature strawberry’s and other fair food. Rides, crafts, livestock and free entertainment will be there for guests.
The Strawberry Festival is a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together. It has continued to grow in popularity over the years.
The event dates back to 1930 when members of the Plant City Lions Club conceived the idea of an event to celebrate the harvest of strawberries. After a six year hiatus the American Legion Post #26 helped get the Florida Strawberry Festival rebooted in 1948 following World War II.