Strawberry Festival Heightens Diversity With 2018 Lineup

The 11-day Florida Strawberry Festival will offer one of its most diverse headline entertainment slates when it revs up in March of 2018.

The festival concert lineup typically leans heavily on country music acts, but this years lineup, released to the public on Monday, ranges from countrys Brad Praisley, The Band Perry and Reba McEntire to R&Bs Anthony Hamilton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds to pop group DNCE.

Jerry Lee Lewis, Earth Wind & Fire, Casting Crowns, Josh Turner and an "I Love the 90s" Show featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice and Ton Loc also will be featured.

"We really try to have something for everybody and were excited we can be a little more diverse and can bring in music that people really enjoy," said President Paul Davis.

"Were getting music that is almost iconic that people grew up with, and love and withstood the generations."

There will also be free acts of entertainment while the shows are going on all over the grounds.

"Its going to be a great musical night. For the price of a movie you can be entertained all day," Davis said.

Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra kicks off the festival with the first concert at 10:30 a.m. on March 1, and ends with DNCE, the group fronted by Joe Jonas at 7:30 p.m. Admission runs from $5 to $10, children age five and under get in free, and additional ticket purchase required for concerts. Unlike previous years, there will not be free seating for the festivals headliner concerts.

Tickets go on sale Dec. 8 at 8 a.m., $8 for adults and $4 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets visit, the Amscot Main Ticket Office located at 2209 W Oak Ave in Plant City, or call (813) 754-1996.

Contact Monique Welch at [email protected]

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