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Florida Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry FestivalThe Florida Strawberry Festival is an event with a long history behind it. Originally inaugurated in the 1930s by the local Lions Club, the event has become a longstanding Tampa Bay area tradition.

The Strawberry Festival, held in Plant City, Florida, has lots to offer for both adults, children, visitors and locals. Some of the amenities and entertainments that the festival offers include: amusement park rides, performances by national music acts, a festival mascot called Mr. Berry, and just about every strawberry related food or dessert you can think of!

In 2011 the Florida Strawberry Festival brought in over 500,000 strawberry loving visitors. The yearly event is usually held in late February and early March, with festivities that last for an entire week. Get prepared to see red as the Florida Strawberry Festival draws closer. Hillsborough County, Florida, home to Plant City, usually yields over 10,000 gallons of strawberries every year. That is a lot of strawberries and a crop worth celebrating! What better way to honor local berry farmers than by enjoying the sweet, melt in your mouth products of their labor, perhaps even dipped in chocolate.

Special events associated with the Strawberry Festival that return visitors tend to look forward to include farming and livestock exhibits, an exciting parade with marching bands and decorated floats, arts and crafts for sale, strawberry-related contests and last but not least, plenty of food to eat. Children will enjoy and remember the Strawberry Festival for years to come. In fact, because the event is so well-established, many parents bringing children to year's Strawberry Festival originally attended the event as children themselves.

The Florida Strawberry Festival is an entirely community-run event, making use of plenty of volunteers and receiving support from the local Lions Club and other community minded organizations. The only time the festival failed to take place was for a six-year spell following World War II when the country was going through a difficult time. At that point the American Legion helped to get the event back on its feet and the rest is history.

Just think of all the ways there are to eat delicious Florida strawberries. In a pie, muffins, scones, dipped in chocolate, in spinach salads, even in strawberry soup, and don't forget popsicles and strawberry ice cream. If your mouth is watering, you'll want to be sure to make plans to attend this year's Florida Strawberry Festival for fun, food, and to be a part of a little bit of local history.