2017 Florida Strawberry Festival ®
Free Entertainment

All included FREE with your paid gate admission

In addition to all of the livestock shows, contests, displays and exhibits, here is the lineup of FREE entertainment included in your gate admission.

  • truwhip Strawberry Tent

    Show Times: 
    Daily at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    Kazual (pronounced Casual) is a family band of three brothers and a cousin that bring a distinct sound to the ear of their fans.  They mix the sounds of R&B, pop, hip hop, and pop together to create an experience they call “DooWopHipPop.” Kazual, known for their smooth acapella harmonies, has opened for Beyonce, Nelly, most recently for country superstar Randy Houser, and many more industry names. Blending dance with harmonious sound and intoxicating vocals, be prepared for Kazual to captivate and invigorate your rhythmic senses!
    Sponsored by:

    Kari & Billy
    Show Times: 
    Daily at noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    Kari & Billy are a husband and wife, country music duo from Nashville, TN with Kari playing fiddle and singing and Billy singing, writing and playing guitar. Billy was born at Macdill Airforce Base in Tampa and grew up in Mulberry and Plant City. Playing at the Florida Strawberry Festival is a particularly special event for him. The two will be returning to the festival for the fifth year and will be performing as an acoustic duo. With a mixture of traditional country music, fiddle favorites, rock & roll and some original songs, their show is high energy, personable and family friendly. Kari & Billy have opened for top artists
    including Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Scotty McCreery, Rodney Atkins, Chris Young, Kellie Pickler, Montgomery Gentry, Collin Raye and more.
    Sponsored by: J.C. Sales

    The Walker Boys
    Show Times: 
    Daily at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
    The Walker Boys are taking the music world by storm! Nine years on the road, touring the US and Canada and performing at fairs, festivals and performing arts centers has given them a platform to create and develop their unique folk rock sound.  Get ready for some killer sibling harmonies and a high energy show from this talented young band!
    Sponsored by: Hampton Inn & Suites/Tampa East

    • Publix Showcase Tent

      Dennis Lee
      Show Times: 
      Daily at noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be NO noon show on March 5.
      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 Publix Showcase Tent.
      Sponsored by: Global Frequency Technology

      Redhead Express
      Show Times: Daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. There will be NO 11:00 a.m. show on March 5.
      Have you ever longed for the sound of music that is real and honest? Music that speaks to your soul without the glitz and glamour? Redhead Express, The 4 sister group left Alaska in 2007 and has performed over 2000 shows, delivers with raw beauty, exquisite harmonies, thought provoking lyrics and melodies that take you away.  Spend an afternoon in concert with the Redhead Express and you will be captivated by their sound, their realness, their passion and, most importantly, their heart.

      Will Erickson and the Wreckage
      Show Time:
      Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m.
      Raised in Lancaster, SC, Will Erickson has as a unique style all his own. Blending elements of country, Americana, and southern rock, Will Erickson and The Wreckage paint the perfect picture of life with a blunt and effective delivery reminiscent of storytellers of long ago. Will’s charisma and presence live are just as engaging as the words coming from this southern songwriter’s soulful voice.

      Soul Circus Cowboys
      Show Time:
      Friday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m.
      Soul Circus Cowboys is a Tampa Bay based band made up of four members: Billy McKnight (lead vocal), Rick Morgan (lead guitar and harmony), Mike McMahon (bass guitar and harmony) and Jason Alfano (drums). These guys are as authentic as they are genuine and twice as tough. With big vocals, three-part harmonies and  blazin’ southern rock guitars, they bring an electrifying show to the stage every time they perform.

      “Gospel Night”
      featuring First Baptist Church of Plant City Modern Worship Team
      Show Time:
      Saturday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m.
      Pastor Calvin “Pee Wee” Callins
      Show Time:
      Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
      Under the musical direction of Pastor “Pee Wee” Callins, as he is known in the community, come worship God along with other local churches through song and dance.

      HOLA Plant City!
      Show Time:
      Sunday, March 5 and Sunday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m.
      Produced by: Coda Sound
      Sponsored by:

      Show Time:
      Monday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m.
      NRG is a performance group offering dynamic shows that feature Positive Pop, and our young artists delight audiences of all ages.

      Ben Allen Band
      Show Time:
      Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m.
      Born and raised in East Tennessee, Ben Allen could not help growing up a fan of country music. Ben says, “My first cassette at the age of five was ‘Roll On’ by Alabama!” After a number of years in Nashville, Ben relocated to Southwest Florida to form his touring band. Today, the Ben Allen Band entertains crowds across the state with their high energy rockin’ country music.

      33 Years
      Show Time:
      Wednesday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
      This South Florida-based indie-rock band’s tight, swirling harmonies, folk/punk-like musical backing, ragged Neil Young influences and tenor vocals initially drew comparisons to fellow Southern-based indie folk rockers Shovels & Rope. Multi-instrumentalists Paula and Kevin formed the group in 2009 after a decades long hiatus from the mainstream musical world. 33 Years brings a vast array of roots based music into focus with precise execution.

      J. Klein Band
      Show Time:
      Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.
      Singer songwriter Justin Kleinhoffer, professionally known as “J. Klein,” is the winner of the prestigious 2015 SSA Songwriter of the Year Award. He recently appeared with Kenny Loggins & The Blue Sky Riders in Southern California. Logging hundreds of live performances, J. Klein engages festival audiences across the country, including the legendary Telluride Blues Festival. His latest CD “Path Thru The Low Tide” is an assembly of original folk, soul and blues-based songs.

      Neon Truckers
      Show Time:
      Friday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.
      The Neon Truckers were formed in the fall of 2009 in Umatilla, Florida. The lineup brings energy and arrangements to the world of country music, making new memories for the audience out of each live performance. The Neon Truckers have shared the stage with Eric Church, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Colt Ford, Justin Moore, Big & Rich and more.

      Jack Michael Band
      Show Time:
      Saturday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m.
      Jack Michael is a singer/songwriter from Punta Gorda, FL. He is a proud member of the CMA and is a PCG Pro Artist. Currently on tour with his new album “Red, White & Blue,” which features a video on CMT, the Jack Michael Band has shared  the stage with Reba McEntire, Tracy Lawrence, Chris Young and many others. Their high energy, cohesive sound includes Mikal Jahaaski on drums, Tommy Yates on bass, Donnie Hough on lead guitar and Larry Cohen on pedal steel.

      HOLA Plant City!
      Show Time:
      Sunday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m.
      Produced by: Coda Sound
      Sponsored by:

    • Wish Farms Soundstage

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

      Florida Blue Senior Day – Thursday, March 2
      Show Time: 10:30 a.m.

      Cab Calloway Orchestra
      FREE with paid admission
      Florida Blue Senior Day – Thursday, March 9
      Show Time: 10:30 a.m.

    • On Grounds

      Belmont Festival of Magic

      Show Times: Daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
      Your magical hosts, Al and Sue Belmont, present a fun-filled family show with amazing demonstrations of classic magic that will delight the young and the young at heart. You can expect a world of wonders complete with disappearing animals, musical presentations, audience participation and comedy. Belmont’s World of Magic is an award winning, fast-moving Broadway style magic show…a true theatrical experience. Families, seniors and teens will love it!
      Sponsored by: Vision Auto Glass

      The New Circus Incredible Show

      Show Times: Daily at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
      The New Circus Incredible Show is made up of 2nd, 6th and 7th generation renowned circus performers. All new for the 2017 Strawberry Festival, Circus Incredible will feature Rietta Wallenda performing “The Wallenda Sway Pole,” displaying her aerial artistry of grace, beauty and strength. What began in 1925 with the late family patriarch “Karl Wallenda”, the family’s performance history continues. Simon Arestov, a 2nd generation performer originally from Moscow, Russia will amaze audiences with his jaw dropping acrobatics and balancing. The blend of Circus Incredible’s artistic acts of aerial feats and acrobatic dexterity will have everyone on the edge of their seats!
      Sponsored by: Visions of Outdoor Living

      “Yellow Jacket”
      Show Times: Daily at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
      Sponsored By: Softub Express

      “Big Blue”
      Show Times: Daily at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
      Sponsored By: Easy A/C

      Neighborhood Village

      Time: Daily from 10:00 – 10:00 p.m.
      Sponsored by:
      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 13 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!

      Pioneer Village
      10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
      Woodwork, rope making demonstrations and more 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:


      Robinson’s Racing Pigs
      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 and race four at a time while the crowd cheers them to victory. Our pigs run for the ultimate prize – an Oreo cookie!
      Sponsored by: Netterfield’s Concessions

      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 with audiences of all ages, Runa Pacha keeps its efforts to constantly come up with new ways of sharing music with their fans. 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:


      Strawberry Production Exhibit
      Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily
      See first-hand the contrast in how strawberries were grown years ago and how they are cultivated today. This exhibit includes artifacts from days of old, agricultural equipment and an actual field of strawberries being grown – all to give Festival visitors an understanding about how one of Florida’s sweetest crops is grown today. Located just to the West of the Bright House Networks Showcase Tent.
      Sponsored by: Florida Strawberry Growers Association


      SouthWest Dairy Farmers Milking Show
      Show Times: Daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
      The Mobile Dairy Classroom, located on Ford Lane, is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and a dynamic 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

    • Tampa Bay Times Race Zone

      Show Times: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
      This family exhibit blends items of interest for the little ones and the long-time NASCAR fans. Featuring a 2006 M&M’s Ford Fusion NASCAR racing simulator, “Toby,” a replica of “Lightning McQueen” from the hit movie “Cars,” a Sebring Pace Car Corvette, a Dale Earnhardt race car and plenty of NASCAR memorabilia, the Tampa Bay Times Race Zone is a dream for any both the senior and more recent fans of racing.

    • Celebrity Appearances

      Meet Mr. Berry, the official mascot of the Florida Strawberry Festival, in the Walton Gazebo
      Meet and Greet Times: Daily from 11:00-11:30 a.m., 3:30-4:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m.

      Meet “Raymond,” the official mascot of the Tampa Bay Rays
      Meet and Greet Times: March 2-March 6 from 12:00-12:30 p.m., 1:00-1:30 p.m., 2:00-2:30 p.m. and 3:00-3:30 p.m.

    • Food Contests

      Fanta Strawberry Soda Throwdown
      Daily at 2:30 p.m. on the Belmont Festival of Magic Stage
      Sponsored By: Taylor’s Doughboy

      Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest
      Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent
      Sponsored By: Mavric’s Chocolate Barn

      Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest
      Monday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent
      Sponsored By: Spaghetti Eddie’s

      Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest
      Tuesday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent
      Sponsored By: Chocolate Strawberry Express

      Superdog Mega Corndog Eating Contest
      Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent
      Sponsored By: Super Dog

      Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
      Thursday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent
      Sponsored By: St. Clement Catholic Church

      Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest
      Friday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Stingray Chevrolet Entertainment Tent
      Sponsored By: Pickle Barrel Sirloin Tips