The Florida Strawberry Festival kicked off in 1930 in Plant City, Florida, and still continues to operate today. The event features various forms of free entertainment, twice a day musical concert performances, and a flea market-style craft as well as stuff for sale. Admission to the festival costs $10 for adults (ages 13+), $5 for kids (ages 6-12) and free for kids (under 5) if they're accompanied by an adult that has purchased a ticket.
The highlight of the Florida Strawberry Festival is the annual parade that is usually held at 1 pm through downtown Plant City to Sammonds Road. It attracts over 30,000 viewers who stand along the route to observe the colorful floats, musical bands, and special units. Every year, a new theme is created for the festival and the parade to be displayed in artwork and decorations. The 11-day event features many vendors and exhibitors who participate in the celebration. The festival is a great venue for flea market-style shopping. There is also some free entertainment, a large midway with rides, and live musical concert performances with the stadium seating.
The famous St. Clement Catholic Church's "Make Your Own" Strawberry Shortcake is an inevitable part of the celebration, as well as the annual parade that features Plant City's "Person of the Year" award.
The festival lasts for 11 days and draws in about 500,000 attendees from Central Florida and other neighboring states. This occasion represents a time in American history when festivals and fairs brought communities together.