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 Citrus County Schools Beth Evans singing the national anthem, followed by the Little Miss Strawberry Princess and Miss Strawberry Princess pageants.
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 Citrus County Speedway.
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 at the Chamber Information Tent at the festival both mornings.
Children’s activities play a big role in the Strawberry Festival and will keep the little ones entertained for hours. Look for an exciting variety of inflatables and bounce houses, face painting, carnival food and games, a rock climbing 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, strawberry lemonade, 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.
While we love animals of all kinds, we strongly discourage bringing your dog to the festival. Busy crowds, loud music and food scraps can make for a not so ideal situation for the family pet. But if you must, we welcome well-behaved leashed dogs. As well as well-behaved owners who pick up any mess their dog may create. In other words, please be considerate of your pet as well as other festival goers.