Enjoy a special lunch from Chinsegut Hill, one of the tallest places in Florida, overlooking a marvelous vista. Wonderful food catered by Albanese Catering and new friends who love history and beauty, as well as a nice meal. Then head over to the Manor House Museum for a lovely tour… Read More
The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is once again partnering with The Mertailor to bring a little fantasy and wonder to Ft Island Gulf Beach. See The Mermaids swimming (They LOVE to show off). Sip on frosty margaritas with enjoying live music all day from DJ Diorio, Barefoot Bob and… Read More
Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry began performing in the 1990s as part of two different bands with Montgomery’s brother, John Michael Montgomery. Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999. The duo was known for its Southern rock influences and collaborated with Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith, Five for Fighting, and members of… Read More
The Live Oak Theatre version of the 70s smash hit, Stephen Schwartz’ hit musical Godspell will be presented over three weekends from March 29 through April 14, at the Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida. Godspell opened off-Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has since been… Read More
The loquat festival is a learning and sharing event expanding the knowledge and appreciation of the loquat tree and its fruit. There will be presentations on the cultivation of loquat trees, how to eat its fruit, how to can it and cook with it, including recipes using loquats. Also featured… Read More
A three day musical weekend under the stars for all ages includes music workshops and internationally acclaimed blues entertainment. There’s a new blues fest on the horizon and it’s guaranteed to be a good one! GPS Festival Production partners Greg Herndon, of Mojoe Productions, and Paul Benjamin, of the North… Read More
Since 1980, Florida’s historic Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival in Dunellon is a 4-day festival featuring the brightest and best bluegrass entertainment. Come on out and camp alongside the river. Enjoy campground picking. Come for the day or the weekend. Thursday features a dinner special and open mic. Sunday Bluegrass Gospel… Read More
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council, along with this year’s presenting sponsor, Raymond James Financial Inc., invites you to the 35th Annual Art in the Park event on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10 from 10 am to 5 pm at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, in downtown Brooksville. This… Read More
The Floral City Strawberry Festival is a salute to local agriculture. Ferris Farms, our local grower, supplies hundreds of flats of strawberries that are made into fresh strawberry shortcakes, and are also sold fresh to festival-goers to bring home to make their own strawberry delicacies. The festival will open Saturday… Read More
The SunWest Crab & Shrimp Festival is back for a fourth year, and this time around we have added more seating, bigger bands and extended hours, so you have more time to enjoy the festival and fantastic destination, Sunwest Park! This event brings thousands of individuals to SunWest Park with… Read More
Friday, February 22, 8 a.m. at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use. For information, text Linda at 352-428-2629 or email [email protected] Share this:… Read More
Walk along the Good Neighbor Trail and enjoy this Free Event & Free Parking. Visit with over 60 artists, crafters, vendors, storytellers and Re-enactors. Enjoy Music in the Gazebo, Chinese Auction Basket raffles and Home baked goods. Breakfast & Lunch food trucks will be available. We will also have Historic… Read More
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Floral City Strawberry Festival 2019
March 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until March 3, 2019
The Floral City Strawberry Festival is a salute to local agriculture. Ferris Farms, our local grower, supplies hundreds of flats of strawberries that are made into fresh strawberry shortcakes, and are also sold fresh to festival-goers to bring home to make their own strawberry delicacies.
The festival will open Saturday morning with the posting of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, and Lecanto High School counselor Beth Evans singing the national anthem, followed by the Little Miss Strawberry Princess and Miss Strawberry Princess pageants under the direction of Mrs. April Royal.
Fresh strawberries from local grower Ferris Groves will be available for purchase! Fresh-picked full and half flats will be located at the strawberry flats tent next to the shortcake tent. For ease in carrying them to your car, flats will also be available at each gate as well as the shuttle bus parking lot at the County Auditorium.
Musical Talent includes Emi Sunshine
The Floral City Strawberry Festival is honored to introduce a new talent to our festival audiences! Emi Sunshine is making her Citrus County public debut at the festival on Saturday afternoon. This young lady – only 14 years old – hails from East Tennessee and has captured the nation’s attention and enchanted their hearts with her musical wizardry. Steeped in Appalachian music, Emi is a true vocal stylist. Influenced by legends (Loretta Lynn/Tanya Tucker/ The Louvin Brothers), she is a throwback to earlier eras of country music when trendsetters like Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams made history. A spectacular 2014 performance at a Tennessee flea market skyrocketed her career to become a worldwide phenomenon when a video of her stage show went viral on YouTube. Since her breakout at just nine years old, Emi has garnered more than 14 Million YouTube views and a half million Facebook followers. Be sure to catch her now at the Floral City Strawberry Festival, because who knows when we will be able to bring this destined-to-be-famous young lady back for an encore?
Strawberry Pie Eating Contests
The extremely popular and extremely messy pie-eating contests return on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be contests for adults, along with special contests for the little ones and maybe even super competitive “rival” contests.
Sign ups to participate in the contests will take place onsite at the festival both mornings, at the Chamber Information Tent next to the Strawberry Shortcake Tent, beginning at 10 a.m. There are 3 categories: Ages 10 and under; ages 11 – 17; and ages 18 and over. There are only 8 spots in each age group, so sign up quick!
Children’s Activities, Crafts and Beer & Wine Garden
Children’s activities play a big role in the Strawberry Festival and will keep the little ones entertained for hours. Look for a petting zoo, an exciting variety of inflatables and bounce houses, the ever-popular aqua tumble bubbles, a climbing rock wall and much more.
Nearly 300 booths filled with craft artists, local non-profits, and commercial vendors will make shopping a pleasure. And let’s not forget about the food! Everything from seafood to BBQ, frozen smoothies and ice creams, craft sodas to homemade pretzels will ensure that you will not go home hungry. Enjoy an ice-cold beer or sip wine at the beer garden by the main stage.
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