“Wild About Monkeys” host Kevin Keith performs with Dagnee the baboon at the Florida Strawberry Festival on Sunday afternoon, Mar. 9, 2014. The act also included a border collie, birds and other monkeys.
A vendor hands a customer two ears of buttered corn at the Florida Strawberry Festival on Sunday afternoon, Mar. 9, 2014. Also sold at the festival were turkey legs, gyros, fried butter and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Lead vocalist Kimberly Perry sings her hit sing, “Better Dig Two,” as an encore performance at the Florida Strawberry Festival on Sunday night, Mar. 9, 2014.
PLANT CITY, Fla. — Each spring, the Florida Strawberry Festival draws patrons from across the state for agricultural exhibits, crafts, livestock, fine arts and horticulture.
This year, from Feb. 27 to March 9, guests fl0oded the festival on the weekends to learn about and celebrate the Florida strawberry. On the last day, musical guests including Easton Corbin and The Band Perry performed at the event.
Other country recording artists including Kelly Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town and Josh Turner performed throughout the last month.
Other highlights of the festival included carnival rides, pig races, animal shows and homemade strawberry dishes.
Central to its focus, the festival preserves and enhances the agricultural and historical legacy of the Florida strawberry each year. From fried butter to veggie gyros, the event catered to all audiences.
Flip through the photos above to get a taste of the Florida Strawberry Festival.
All photos taken by WUFT photographer Amber Riccinto.
The Saint Francis House Pet Care Clinic provides free non-emergency health care for pets of economically troubled owners four times a month. In the colder months, they give out cold weather clothes and blankets because homeless shelters do not allow animals unless they are service animals.
Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc., is furthering its year-round fight against food insecurity for youth by providing food during the winter holidays to students who mainly rely on meals during school hours.
Gainesville Post Office participates in the Santa Operation program for the first time. The program started receiving letters from across the country starting Dec. 2, and it will match the benefactors until Monday.