The Floral City Strawberry Festival

The 34th annual Floral City Strawberry Festival is a salute to local agriculture with fresh strawberries hand-picked right around the corner from the festival at Ferris Groves.

Luscious strawberry shortcakes, prepared by the Citrus County Agricultural Alliance and the Cattlemen’s Association, will be available along with flats and half-flats of whole fresh berries all weekend, Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7.

Check out the Berry Bakery at www.gostrawberryfest.com.

Live music will fill the main stage all weekend with a full performance lineup. Saturday will kick off with music from crowd favorite, Southern Express Band from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by headliner Xhale from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday’s lineup includes John Johnson from 10 a.m. to noon with headliner SOUTHBOUND closing out this year’s festival from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sticking to its very berry American roots, the annual pie-eating contests and princess pageants will be back as well with the addition of the new Strawberry Prince Pageants! Ooh and ahh on Saturday morning as poised young ladies and gents take the stage in their favorite strawberry-themed attire for a chance to earn a crown and become the next Strawberry Princes and Princesses. Competitions will be held both Saturday and Sunday.

Back again this year is “Pickin’ & Grinnin’.” These two farmers are outstanding in their field, presenting a mix of toe-tappin’ barn-dance music and knee-slappin’ farm jokes. It’s family-friendly farm fun for everyone!

A new addition this year is Tiny the Tanker. With 27 years in family entertainment, Tiny the Tanker is a tiny electric fire truck with a personality all his own.

There will be about 200 art and craft vendors; indulging in a cold beer, glass of wine or hard seltzer at the beer garden near the main stage; enjoying the gastronomic pleasures offered by the many food vendors; or enjoying laughs and smiles with the young ones as they “play themselves silly” in the kids’ area.

Floral City Strawberry Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Entrance fee is $5 for guests 13 and older. Park free at the Citrus County Auditorium and take a shuttle to the Festival location. Floral Park is located at 9530 S. Parkside Ave., Floral City, FL 34426.

For complete information on the Floral City Strawberry Festival, visit www.gostrawberryfest.com.