fair Jake Owen 042 Spring and summer concerts across America just seem to be getting bigger and better every year! I got a press release via e-mail yesterday, about the Florida Strawberry Festival. This is an 11 day event, with 22 top name concerts! And they are selling advanced tickets, so if you don’t have all of your Christmas shopping done, and you’d like to print out a few tickets to put under someone’s tree, check out the press release that follows. This event sounds absolutely awesome!

Rodney Jennifer 002 Plant City, Fla.— Who wants to deal with the crowds in the malls this late in the holiday season? The 2009 Florida Strawberry Festival® makes it easy to give the perfect gift that’s the perfect fit for any family: wholesome family entertainment that fits their budget.

Starting with advanced discount gate admission, ticket to the Feb. 26 – March 8, Florida Strawberry Festival are just $8 for adults, $4 for children six to 12, and admission is free for children five and under when accompanied by an adult.  Plus, there are 22 top-name concerts in 11 days, with reserved seat tickets starting at just $10 each.

Consumers can go to www.flstrawberryfestival.com to click and print their gate and concert tickets right now, and wrap them up for the holidays. 

Dancer Julianne Hough arrives at the 2007 American Music Awards They have their choice of 22 headline shows that include Taylor Swift;  country artists: George Jones, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Kellie Pickler, Jake Owen, Mel Tills, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt, and Rodney Atkins; plus Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Kool & the Gang; contemporary Christian artists Third Day and Mark Lowry; Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, Connie Smith and Marty Stuart, Brenda Lee, Ray Stevens and Ronnie McDowell; as well as comedian Jeff Foxworthy; and Julianne Hough, and Jessica Simpson.  Headline concert tickets start at $10.

Marty s There are also about 3,000 free seats for each concert, while they last, not to mention all the other free entertainment that’s part of daily admission to the Festival.

Every day, throughout the day on the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds, there will be groups performing on free stages; there will be livestock shows, crafts, exhibits, various local exhibitors demonstrating and making available for purchase homemade items, one-of-kind gifts, jewelry, and more.

Kellie Pickler 038 All 11 days of the Festival, there will be free entertainment, included with paid gate admission. Singer and comedian Dennis Lee, plus the compelling group Vocal Trash playing trash cans to kitchen sinks, will be performing free in the Sweetbay Supermarket Showcase Tent.

Sponsored by SunTrust Bank, Southern Star Bluegrass Band will have hands clappin’ and toes tappin’, along with Jason Young in the Cool Whip Strawberry Tent.  Everyone’s perennial favorite Robinson’s Paddling Porkers will have the crowd rooting (and laughing) in several races a day, and guests’ hearts will be pumping as they take in the Bikes, Boards and Blades show, which is sponsored by Netterfields.

Lorie New this year, Tractor Supply Company will present the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, where visitors can see a chainsaw artist craft birds, domestic scenes and more out of tree trunks right before their eyes.

Not to be missed as well, buzzing around in the crowd in his crafty little car, making guests giggle as they snap photos, will be Granpa Cratchet, sponsored by Safety Glass and Windshield. And, the ever-popular group from the Andes Mountains, Runa Pacha will be play relaxing tunes on their wooden instruments, sponsored by Westgate River Ranch.

Both Thursdays, February 26 and March 5, are Senior Days sponsored by Master Spas. Admission for seniors 60 and better is $8 at the gate both Thursdays. At 10:30 a.m. on the Feb. 26, Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra will perform in a free concert on the Florida Strawberry Festival Soundstage, and on March 5. The Guy Lombardo Orchestra will perform in one free show at 10:30 a.m.

jeff f There will plenty of specials throughout the Festival’s 11-day run too, including Family Days, Ride-A-Thon Days, Kids’ Day, Grand Parade Day, plus two Moonlight Magic Nights.

No need to look any further for last minute holiday gifts than www.flstrawberryfestival.com, or, if you’re nearby, the Florida Strawberry Festival Ticket Office at 2209 W. Oak Ave., Plant City, FL 33563 is open Christmas week Mon.-Tues. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wed. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and closed Thurs. and Fri.

taylor2 To order tickets by phone, call 813-754-1996. For complete details, include concert times and ticket prices, log on to www.flstrawberryfestival.com.

Thanks to Lizz Harmon and the folks at the Florida Strawberry Festival for all the info. I just might have to pay those people a little visit! Looks like a fantastic event.

That’s all for me for tonight. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! I hope everyone is ready. (I say as I’m about to head to the Mall again). Write when you have time, and please take a few minutes during the holidays to relax. I’ll talk to you all soon!

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Spring and summer concerts across America just seem to be getting bigger and better every year! I got a press release via e-mail yesterday, about the Florida Strawberry Festival. This is an 11 day event, with 22 top name concerts! And they are selling advanced tickets, so if...