Free Entertainment

2014 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 you will enjoy at the 2014 Festival:

  • VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt Showcase Tent

    Dennis Lee
    Sponsored by: Bionic BandbionicbandShow Times: Daily at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    There will be NO 7:00 pm show on March 8th.
    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 VOSKOS® Greek Yogurt Showcase Tent.

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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 5:00 p.m. show on March 2nd.
    Redhead Express is a vibrant, sweet harmony, 4-sister act originally from Alaska, and now hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. The Redheads have spent the past six years touring with their family band across the country, performing over 1,400 shows at fairs, festivals and performing arts centers. Currently, they are recording their debut country album with renowned producer, Paul Worley. Their original songs were penned by the eldest sister, Kendra, and their fresh, unique sound will leave you breathless and wanting more!
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    Savannah Jack
    Sponsored By: Hampton Inn & Suites/Tampa East
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    Show Times: Daily at noon, 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
    There will be NO 6:00 pm show on March 2nd.
    From playing honky-tonks on lower Broadway in Nashville, to opening arena dates for John Fogerty, Vince Gill and the legendary Kenny Rogers, Savannah Jack has honed their skills as outstanding live entertainers who captivate audiences from the very first note. The band’s extraordinary three-part vocal harmonies, superior musicianship and fresh new sound is poised to take country music by storm.
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    Gospel Night with Pastor Calvin “Pee Wee” Callins

    Saturday, March 8
    Show Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    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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  • HERSHEY'S® Strawberry Tent


    Ron Diamond
    Sponsored By: SunTrust Bank
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    Show Times: Daily at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    Ron Diamond – hypnotist, illusionist and magician – combines exciting fetes with comedy in his show that has been entertaining Festival visitors for years. Ron brings his expertise of hypnosis to his show and leaves both children and adults with a feeling of awe.

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    The Gothard Sisters
    Sponsored By: J.C. Sales
    February 27th – March 4th
    Show Times:
    1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. & 8:30 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!
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    The Walker Boys
    Sponsored By: J.C. Sales
    March 5th – March 9th
    Show Times: 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. & 8:30 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!
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  • Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage

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    Kari & Billy
    Sponsored by: Premium Leisure
    Show Times: Daily at noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
    Coming to you all the way from Music City, Nashville, TN, emerging artists Kari & Billy have exploded onto the scene as one of the most loveable and unique country duos since Johnny and June. Their debut single “Play Me A Fiddle Song” was released to radio on June 24th, 2013 and reached #78 on the country music row charts. Their second single release is due to hit radio nationwide in March 2014. As a brand new duo, Kari & Billy have opened for Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Kellie Pickler, Montgomery Gentry, Pat Green and many more. Their shows feature high energy fiddle songs that will get you on your feet and pure country vocals that will touch your heart. They bring a mix of crowd favorites and classics as well as some brand new music and original songs.
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    Shannon Magrane from American Idol
    Show Time: Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    American Idol catapulted Shannon Magrane into the international spotlight.  At only 15 years old, Shannon made it all the way to the 11th finalist spot, becoming the only 15 year old in the show’s history to advance from her Idol audition in her first attempt. 
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    Ryan Weaver
    Show Time:
    Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Ryan Weaver is a high energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 3, in the United States Army.  His first co-written song, “Crank It,” was recently released to radio with its music video playing all over the nation.  A central Florida native, Ryan  lives in Nashville and has been working with hit song writer Jeffrey Steele, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.
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    Hola Plant City! featuring Don Cheto
    Show Time: 
    Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
    Don Cheto is known as “El hombre del vozarron” (man of the big voice). The popular Mexican-American entertainer is a beloved radio and television personality, entertainer and accomplished musician.  He  hosts his own top-rated morning radio show, El Show De Don Cheto, which is syndicated nationally. Don Cheto is a talent judge on Estrella TV’s hit show Tengo Talento Mucho.
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    “VAGO”
    Show Time: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Zhivago Lightbourne is a sultry musical artist, songwriter and actor. The smoothness of jazz, the beat of R&B and rhythms of the islands with lyrical testimonies are able to communicate VAGO’s message to audiences of varying generations, races, denominations and sizes. His self titled album earned him a Marlin Award for Best Male Vocalist of the Year, and he has shared the stage with Mariah Carey and Kirk Franklin, among many others.
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    BajoZero
    Struggle, sacrifice and determination are some of the words that define Grupo Bajo Zero. Music transcends barriers, and Grupo Bajo zero is living proof of that.  Being Florida natives and from various musical backgrounds they have incorporated different musical genres to develop the unique sound sometimes classified as new Tejano Norteno or as a modern Tex Mex.
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    Next Radical Generation
    Show Time: 
    Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 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 kids. NRG is on a mission to emphasize that positive life choices and individual responsibility can be really cool.
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    Bobby G. Summers
    Show Time: 
    Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Bobby G. Summers is a music veteran and, along with Antonio “LA” Reid and later Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, co-founded  the 80′s hit group “The Deele.” Summers also joined the “Bar-Kays,” creating the unforgettable anthem “The Slide. For 15 years, Summers performed  and directed the Enterprise Orchestra, led by the Rev. Al Green. In 2006, Summers toured with The Family Stone domestically, his first CD is entitled “Labor of Love.”
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    Grayson Rogers Band
    Show Time: 
    Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Grayson Rogers Band has won many awards in Southwest Florida.  They professionally recorded their first single “Too Loud,” and it can be found on iTunes. They have earned a loyal following throughout the state of Florida, playing at major concerts and opening for artists such as Alan Jackson, Rodney Atkins, Travis Tritt, Sara Evens, Joe Nichols,  Aaron Tippin, Thomas Rhett, Eden’s Edge and others.
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    Billy and the Soul Circus Cowboys
    Show Time: 
    Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Soul Circus Cowboys offers their flavor of bold Southern rock to audiences and is comprised of members Billy McKnight, 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. SCC will release their break-out CD “That’s The Way We Roll” in 2014.
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    Makenzie Raye
    Show Time: 
    Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Makenzie Raye has a heart for country music, and her passion for it is undeniable. A 16-year-old from the Tampa, Florida area, Makenzie has showcased at local events and won talent competitions, and the goal of becoming a real songstress has taken hold. Her knack for songwriting has opened up a whole new world. Makenzie has been traveling back and forth to Nashville to get ready for the release of an EP.
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    Hola Plant City! featuring Celebrity Anais
    Show Time: 
    Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
    Anais, aka Ana Isabel Salaza,r is the beautiful television and film actress who has starred in ten telenovelas and four miniseries and now hosts her own popular show on Estrella TV, Estrellas Hoy.  After four semesters of studying law at the
    University of Culiacan, the stunning Salazar discovered a love for acting and was quickly discovered by talent scouts who cast her in her first telenovela series. Salazar continues to rank among the most in-demand actresses in Latin entertainment.
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    Grupo Deztello
    Known as the Northern Cumbia musicians, Grupo Deztello take pride in their array of original songs. Their songs have been heard on the radio in the United States, Mexico and South America. They started their group in 2008 with the dreams of sharing their music with all nationalities and around the world.
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    Heanon Tate
    Show Time: 
    Sunday, March 9th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
    Heanon Tate is an internationally recognized worship leader, recording artist, songwriter, and producer and is a presiding bishop over Inner Courts Global 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.
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  • Wish Farms Soundstage

    Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra
    FREE

    Florida Blue Senior Day Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Show Time: 10:30 a.m.

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    Caroline Kole
    FREE
    Saturday, March 8th, 2014
    Show Time: 1:00 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
    Florida Blue Senior Day Thursday, March 6th, 2014
    Show Time: 10:30 a.m.
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  • On Grounds

    Kandu Magic Show
    Sponsored by: Vision Auto Glass
    Show Times: 
    Daily at 11:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
    The Kandu Magic Show has traveled nationwide entertaining family audiences at conventions, fairs, festivals, orchestras and zoos. Kandu and Jill “The Music Lady” have created a show that incorporates live music, sound effects, sight gags, slap stick comedy and audience participation. Kandu has brought along his Wild & Wacky Game Show that chooses all contestants from the audience and involves them in games with hula hoops, balloons, butterfly nets and more.

    Kandu Game Show
    Sponsored by: Vision Auto Glass
    Show Times: Daily at 6:30 p.m.
    Additional show on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
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    Neighborhood Village
    Sponsored by: Kitchen Craft
    Time: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
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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 9, 2014 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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    “Wild About Monkeys”
    Sponsored by: Green Mountain Grills
    Show Times: Daily at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
    Additional shows on Saturdays & Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
    When a movie producer needs a performing baboon, chances are they will call Kevin and Martina Keith, the hosts of “Wild about Monkeys.” Training baboons is their specialty. They believe baboons to be by far the most socially intelligent primate. Combining the rare skills of excellent trainers and the incredible instincts of the wild as well as domestic animals with which they have become friends, Kevin and Martina will delight and amaze their audience with fun, education and great entertainment for the whole family. “Wild about Monkeys” is also the only traveling animal exhibition that features trained baboons.

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    Pioneer Village
    Sponsored by: Florida’s Best
    Open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
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    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.
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    “ROLLO” The Biggest Little Kid in the World
    Sponsored By: Softub Express
    Show Times: Daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
    ROLLO, known as “The Biggest Little Kid in the World,” is a 10 ft. kid who uses comedic bits and improvised skits to attract attention and draw laughter. ROLLO dances, jumps rope and more!

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    Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers
    Sponsored by: Netterfield’s Concessions
    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!

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    RUNA PACHA “Indian World”
    Sponsored by: Verizon Wireless
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    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.

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    Strawberry Production Exhibit
    Sponsored by: Florida Strawberry Growers Association
    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 VOSKO’S® Greek Yogurt Showcase Tent.
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    SouthWest Dairy Farmers Milking Show
    Sponsored by: Southbay Sod Outdoor Services
    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.

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    Home Depot Kids Workshop
    Time:
    Monday, March 3, 2014 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 Paradise Grilling Systems Variety Stage.

  • Celebrity Appearances


    Troy Landry from Swamp People© on History Channel
    Saturday, March 8th from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday, March 9th from  1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
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    Troy Landry from Swamp People© on History Channel will be at located at the Carolina Carports, Inc. display.

    RJ & Jay Paul Molinere from Swamp People© on History Channel
    Thursday, February 27th from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Friday, February 28th from noon-3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, March 1st from noon-3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, March 2nd from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from Swamp People© on History Channel will be at located at the Carolina Carports, Inc. display.
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    Bobby Brantley from Lizard Lick Towing & Recovery
    Appearance Times
    March 3rd from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    March 4th from noon-3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    March 5th from noon-3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Bobby will be located at the Carolina Carports, Inc. display.
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  • Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent

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    MUST SEE Special Events
    Fried Corn on the Cob Eating Contest
    Thursday, February 27
    2:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: Bayshore Services

     

    Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest
    Saturday, March 1
    2:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: Dole Berry Company

     

    Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest
    Tuesday, March 4
    2:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: Dole Berry Company

    Superdog Mega Corndog Eating Contest
    Wednesday, March 5
    1:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: Super Dog

     

    Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
    Thursday, March 6
    2:00 p.m.
    Sponsored By: St. Clement Catholic Church

     

    Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest
    Friday, March 7
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    Sponsored By: Pickle Barrel Sirloin Tips