2015 Florida Strawberry Festival ®
Free Entertainment

All included FREE with your paid gate admission

In addition to all of the livestock shows (located north of the midway), displays and exhibits, here is some of the FREE entertainment included in your gate admission.

  • Bright House Networks Showcase Tent

    Dennis-Lee-RS-for-WebDennis Lee
    Show Times: Daily at noon, 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
    There will be NO noon show on March 1.
    A legend in his own mind, everyone’s favorite funny man, Dennis Lee, and his band perform everything from Elvis to R&B and country several times daily in the Bright House Networks® Showcase Tent.
    Sponsored by:

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    Redhead Express
    Show Times: Daily at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
    There will be NO 11:00 a.m. show on March 1.

    Have you ever longed for the sound of music that is real, honest and speaks to your soul?  Without the glitz and glamour- just raw beauty with exquisite harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics and melodies that take you away?  Spend an evening in concert with the Redhead Express and you will be captivated by their sound, their realness, their passion and, most importantly, their heart.  The 4-sister group has been touring from Alaska since 2007, performing over 2,000 shows.  They now reside in middle Tennessee in the heart of America’s musical roots. The music of the Redhead Express takes you back to your roots in a way that feels fresh and new.


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    Nathan Osmond
    Show Times: Daily at 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
    This singer-songwriter is no stranger to the business. Nearly his entire life has been dedicated to writing and performing music. Raised around television and recording studios, Nathan knew at an early age that music was his destiny. He has recently opened for Chris Young, Carrie Underwood, Clay Walker, Lonestar, Martina McBride and others, and his guitar-driven, cutting-edge, true-to-Country-roots sound is winning the attention of country fans the world over.


    Pee-Wee-Callins-RS-for-WebGospel Night with Pastor Calvin “Pee Wee” Callins
    Saturday, February 28
    Show Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Under the musical direction of Pastor “Pee Wee” Callins, as he in known in the community, come worship God along with other local churches through song and dance.

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    Jade Sanders
    March 7
    Show Time: 
    7:30 p.m.
    Nashville recording artist Jade Sanders is a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from Homestead, FL. After learning her first three chords on guitar from her dad, Jade began writing songs at the young age of 10. Jade’s original songs are now being played on several stations in Florida and Mississippi, and she recently traveled to Nashville to record her first professional EP “What About That” which released nationwide on May 9. Jade’s musical style has been described by many as one of an “old soul.”

  • HERSHEY'S Strawberry Tent

    Steve-Trash-RS-for-WebSteve Trash Show
    Show Times: Daily at 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    He’s a comedian and illusionist, and his shows are loads of fun! Steve will entertain in several shows a day in the HERYSHEY’S® Strawberry Tent, making magic with cool stuff he finds in the trash. His shows have lots of illusions, but they also have a lot of important green ecological science info about reducing, reusing and recycling.
    Sponsored by:

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    Gothard-Sisters-RS-for-WebThe Gothard Sisters
    February 26 – March 3
    Show Times: Noon., 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
    From fast fiddle numbers to singing ballads and Irish dancing, The Gothard Sisters are three sisters who are champion Irish dancers and musicians. The trio uses their talents to perform entertaining shows featuring country, Irish, flamenco and rock music. Simply a good time for everyone!
    Sponsored By: J.C. Sales

    Walker-Boys-RS-for-WebThe Walker Boys
    March 4 – March 8
    Show Times: Noon, 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
    The Walker Boys is a trio of brothers, originally from Alaska, and now hailing from Nashville, Tennessee.  They have spent the past seven years touring with their family, performing at fairs, festivals and performing arts centers across North America.  Get ready for a high energy show from this talented young bluegrass band!
    Sponsored By: J.C. Sales

  • Tampa Bay Times Variety Stage

    Kari-and-Billy-RS-for-WebKari & Billy
    February 26-March 3
    Show Times: Daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
    Coming to you all the way from Music City, Nashville, TN Kari & Billy are a husband and wife, fiddle and guitar, country music duo with chemistry and charisma comparable to Johnny and June! Just in the short time since forming as a duo they’ve released two singles to radio, both of which broke the Country Top 100, and their latest single “Are You Ready for the Weekend” was featured on Music Row’s Country Breakout Chart. Most recently, Billy wrote and the duo recorded and produced fourteen original songs, including the theme song, for the nationally acclaimed and award winning TV show, “Drury Outdoors.” All outdoor enthusiasts can see Kari & Billy and their music featured weekly on the Outdoor Channel with the new series, “Thirteen” sponsored by Under Amour. Kari & Billy, together with their professional band of Nashville musicians will feature high energy fiddle songs and harmonica licks that will get you on your feet along with pure country vocals that will touch your heart! They bring a mix of crowd favorites and classics along with some brand new music and original songs. Their love of music and performing produces a “feel good” atmosphere on stage that is personable, contagious and unforgettable! To learn more about this fresh new Nashville duo, check out their website at KariAndBilly.com and stay connected with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube!
    Sponsored by: Hampton Inn & Suites/Tampa East


    DeAndre-Brackensick-RS-for-WebDeAndre Brackensick
    March 4-March 8
    Show Times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
    DeAndre is a rapidly ascending talent. His fantastic, flawless falsetto makes his voice as much a musical instrument as the
    guitars and keyboards that accompany his performances. The 19 year old grabbed national attention as a contestant on “American Idol” and was a Season 11 Top 10 Finalist.

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    Bobby G. Summers
    Show Time:
    Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.
    Bobby G. Summers is a writer, producer and phenomenal keyboardist and vocalist. Summers’ experience includes performing and directing the Al Green’s Enterprise Orchestra and will bring us Bobby G. Summers and friends. In a show emceed by Aaron Fodiman of (Tampa Bay Magazine), Bobby G. Summers will perform old school R&B classics with a side of funk. Enjoy the crooning voice of Nick Dukas, sharing his releases “Mr. Moon’s,” “Take It Away” and “Forever Love” as well as the soul stirring blues of Ms. Gloria Upton, the hottest female blues artist this side of the Mississippi.
    Bobby G. Summers


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    Makenzie Raye/Soul Circus Cowboys
    Show Time: 
    Friday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m.
    Makenzie Raye has a heart for country music, and her passion for it is undeniable. A 17-year-old from the Tampa area, Makenzie has showcased at local events, won talent competitions, and dreamed of becoming a real songstress. Her knack for songwriting has opened up a whole new world, and she now travels back and forth to Nashville to get ready for the release of an EP.
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    Soul Circus Cowboys offers their flavor of bold Southern rock to audiences. Lead singer and songwriter Billy McKnight is no stranger to the music industry, having had national success as an independent artist. He is now joined by Jason Alfano, Stephen Haendiges, Terry Cole, Michael Bach and Greg Holt. The band’s debut album “Love’s Like A Rodeo” was a larger-than-life country/rock compilation that demonstrates the band’s energy and dynamic range perfectly.
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    Grupo Control and Joe Zuniga
    Show Time: Saturday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m.
    Control (aka Grupo Control), from Harlingen Texas, specializes in norteño music. Control has performed massive concerts in venues such as Disney World, the Expo Feria de Guadalupe, in Monterrey, Mexico, the Fiesta Broadway, in Los Angeles and the Houston Astrodome. In 2009, their single “Se Tamablea” charted 30 on the Billboard charts. In 2010, “Influencias.” In 2012, the single “ASI” charted top 30 on the Billboard charts and 28 on America’s music charts. Control has received numerous nominations and awards including five gold records. The visual spectacle of their choreography is so grand that it seems like the 6 member band turns into 15 performers on stage. This is a show to be seen!
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    Joe Zuniga
    Joe Zuniga , born in Miami, Florida, currently commutes between two homes in Monterrey, Mexico and Tampa, Florida. He is also enrolled at the University of South Florida and is majoring in International Studies. Joe grew up listening to music genres such as gospel, R&B, regional Mexicano, norteño, tejano, country, merengue, salsa, bachata and loving all styles of music. At an early age, he would tag along with his brother-in-law (who was his inspiration), carrying his guitar for every performance. He also highly admired his older brother who is a professional drummer. Music has always been an integral part of Joe’s life and by age 14, he had learned how to play several instruments by ear. In 2012, Joe won The 32nd annual Tejano Globe Awards for new artist and was a finalist for Tengo Talento.
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    Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifying Event
    Show Time: 
    Sunday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m.

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    NRG – Next Radical Generation
    Show Time: 
    Monday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m.
    NRG is a rad musical group made up of life-long friends from Florida. They’ve spent years polishing their high-octane, uplifting show and they’re hungry for more. Whether in venues all around their hometown or in the bright lights of New York City, there’s no stage too big for these awesome kids. NRG is on a mission to emphasize that positive life choices and individual responsibility can be really cool.
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    Sara Rose Band
    Show Time: 
    Tuesday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m.
    Born and raised in Ocala, Florida, Sara Hagan is the pint-sized vocal powerhouse that fronts the Sara Rose Band. (Rose is Sara’s mother’s name and what’s more country than naming your band after your mama?) Throughout her youth Sara was the go-to girl when a vocalist was needed for a county fair, holiday celebration or charity event in Marion County, earning a lifetime’s worth of on-stage experience before she’d even gotten her driver’s license.
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    American Dance Orchestra
    Show Time: 
    Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m.
    The American Dance Orchestra, lead by two former members of the United States Military Academy Band, is a 12-piece ensemble based in Tampa Bay and made up of many members who have served in the military as musicians. The American  Dance Orchestra has a  heritage of artistic excellence spanning more than a 100 years of combined military service as musicians. Serving as musical ambassadors, members of the American Dance Orchestra have been privileged to perform for Presidents of the United States, Her Majesty the Queen of England Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II and an illustrious array of dignitaries from around the world. Enjoy American music through their own brand of pop, R&B, swing, jazz, dixieland, blues, patriotic, holiday and gospel.
    Special performance by Patrick Boda

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    With the City
    Show Time: 
    Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m.
    With The City, a contemporary, folk-inspired worship band, was formed out of a deep passion for seeing the church live out it’s calling in all the world. Throughout history music has been used to teach, encourage, and point people to their Creator. With The City was started by six men from Tampa, the majority of whom have served on staff of local churches in some role. The members of With The City have a strong desire to see the church worshiping in spirit and in truth both inside the fellowship of local churches and throughout local communities. Come enjoy an energetic performance!
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    Heather Lucas
    Show Time: 
    Friday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m.
    Heather Lucas, a Southern rock and country recording artist, was born and raised in the great state of Florida. She combines country classics, country swamp, contemporary country and southern rock that make her audiences sing at the top of their lungs. She recently collaborated with Grammy nominated, multi-platinum producer Chris Rodriguez “C-Rod,” and her original single, “Truckin,” is currently available.
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    Cheyo Carillo and Simona
    Show Time: Saturday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m.
    Cheyo Carillo, Xavier Carillo, a native of Los Angeles and a second-generation Californian, comes from a musical family and has been impressing audiences since the age of 6. In 1994, He won first prize in “Show of Don Cheto “ and has won numerous prestigious festival awards. This dynamic young musician and vocalist performed with well known international bands and has since launched his solo career. Cheyo is consistently in the top playing charts nationally. He and his band will playing for us their newest hits.
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    SIMONA
    In 1994, Simona B. hit the Dallas music scene with her fresh outlook on Tejano music. Born and raised in North Dallas, Simona grew up in a religious family with strong Latin values. From a very young age she often sang and performed in church and at family gatherings. It was not long before she realized her gift was meant for more than just family entertainment, and she decided to pursue a career in music. With influences from both sides of her family, Simona enjoys both Tejano and Salsa music.

     

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    Heanon Tate
    Show Time: 
    Sunday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
    Heanon Tate is an internationally recognized worship leader, recording artist, songwriter, and producer and is a presiding bishop over Force of Light Outreach,  located in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Tate is a pioneer of  new genre “Ministry Music” – the music that speaks to right now. Known specifically for his diverse sound, the 2008 single “Real” and his 2010 hit “Alright,” Heanon brings all nationalities and races together through worship.

  • Wish Farms Soundstage

    Jimmy-Sturr-RS-for-WebJimmy Sturr & His Orchestra
    FREE with paid admission

    Florida Blue Senior Day – Thursday, February 26
    Show Time: 10:30 a.m.

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    Caroline Kole
    Opening for REBA
    Sunday, March 8
    Show Time: 7:30 p.m.
    An energetic entertainer with a powerful voice, Caroline Kole is a talented young musician known for doing it all; singing, songwriting and playing the guitar. This dynamic young artist is known for her storytelling, as she talks about her life, family and friends in each of her concerts as well as in her songs.

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    Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
    FREE with paid admission
    Florida Blue Senior Day – Thursday, March 5
    Show Time: 10:30 a.m.

  • On Grounds

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    Agricadabra Magic Show
    Show Times: Daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
    The Agricadabra Show teaches your fairgoers about agriculture in the state of Florida. Using facts such as the average age of the farmer, what percent of farmers are women, the difference between a broiler chicken and an egg layer and where Florida ranks in agricultural production, you and your family will gain knowledge and perspective on the importance of the agriculture industry in Florida.
    Sponsored by: Vision Auto Glass

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    Neighborhood Village

    Time: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
    Sponsored by:
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    The Neighborhood Village is dedicated to the homemade and handcrafted items created by folks in the community and surrounding communities including: baking, cake decorating, food preservation, home decoration items, jewelry and needlework. Kitchen Craft will hold a drawing for a set of cookware and a sewing machine on Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the Neighborhood Village. Be sure to stop in all eleven days of the Festival to enter for your chance to win!

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    XPOGO Stunt Team
    Show Times: Daily at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
    The Xpogo Stunt Team is the best extreme pogo performance team in the world. Flying over 9 feet in the air on next-generation pogo sticks while throwing down flips and incredible tricks, The Xpogo Stunt Team athletes create crowds in an instant and keep them engaged until the final bounce.
    Sponsored by: SunPass

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    Pioneer Village
    Open
    10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
    Woodwork and rope making demonstrations will give guests a unique opportunity to see how our ancestors used their simple tools and traditional skills. Located on the south side of the TECO Expo Hall.
    Sponsored by:
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    Rock-it the Robot
    Show Times: Daily at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    Rock-it the Robot is the ultimate singer, comedian and dancer! Standing at a whopping 9 feet tall, he greets, sings and dances with Festival-goers all over the grounds.
    Sponsored By: Softub Express

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    Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers
    Show Times: Daily at 11:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
    Calling all race fans! Come out and cheer for your favorite racing pigs and paddling porkers. Watch as the porkers swim race four at a time while the crowd cheers the porkers on to victory. Our pigs run for the ultimate prize – an Oreo cookie!
    Sponsored by: Netterfield’s Concessions

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    RUNA PACHA “Indian World”
    Show Times: Daily at 11:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
    Runa Pacha “Indian World” has been sharing their music for more than a decade. Having participated and been accepted with audiences of all ages, Runa Pacha keeps its efforts to constantly come up with new ways of doing music and share with the people. Their Southern and Northern native wind pipes and flutes, combined with a variety of string instruments and modern electronic effects, create a unique, relaxing sound.
    Sponsored by:

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    Strawberry Production Exhibit
    Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
    They’ll show the contrast between how strawberries were grown years ago and how they are cultivated today.  Exhibit includes artifacts from days of old in an authentic setting.  This is an educational opportunity for city folks to gain insight and understanding about how one of Florida’s sweetest crops are grown today. Located just to the West of the Bright House Networks Showcase Tent.
    Sponsored by: Florida Strawberry Growers Association

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    SouthWest Dairy Farmers Milking Show
    Show Times: Daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
    The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and an oral presentation. The trained instructors at the milking show demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer and answer questions from the audience.
    Sponsored by: Southbay Sod Outdoor Services

    Home Depot Kids Workshop
    Time: 
    Monday, March 2 at 3:00 pm
    The Home Depot will be here today conducting a kids workshop at 3:00 pm, just after the Grand Parade. Kids will have the opportunity to build little tool boxes and heart baskets while learning to use basic tools with tips given by Home Depot Associates. The Home Depot display and kids workshop is located East of the Amscot Main Ticket Gate next to the Tampa Bay Times Variety Stage.

  • Celebrity Appearances


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    Meet & Greet Troy, Chase & Jacob Landry from “Swamp People”
    Friday and Saturday, February 27 & 28 from noon – 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday, March 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday, March 6 & 7 from noon – 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday, March 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Carolina Carports, Inc. display.

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    Meet & Greet the “Nasty Boys”
    Monday, March 2 – Thursday, March Thursday, March 5 from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Caroline Carports, Inc. display

    Mr. Berry Portrait
    Meet & Greet Mr. Berry, the Official Mascot of the Florida Strawberry Festival
    Daily from 11:00-11:30 a.m., 3:30-4:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m.
    Outside the east end of the Parke Exhibit Building in the gazebo

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    Meet & Greet Raymond, the Official Mascot of the Tampa Bay Rays
    Friday, February 27, Saturday, February 28, Friday, March 6 and Saturday March 7
    2:00-2:30 p.m., 3:00-3:30 p.m., 5:00-5:30 p.m. and 6:00-6:30 p.m.

  • Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

    Daily Entertainment Schedule

    Fried Corn on the Cob Eating Contest
    Thursday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: Bayshore Services

    Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest
    Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m.

    Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest
    Monday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: Spaghetti Eddie’s

    Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest
    Tuesday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.

    Superdog Mega Corndog Eating Contest
    Wednesday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: Super Dog

    Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
    Thursday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: St. Clement Catholic Church

    Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest
    Friday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: Pickle Barrel Sirloin Tips