“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 Alachua County Energy Management team will be upgrading lights in all county-owned building parking lots to light-emitting diode (LED). The county estimates the new update will save the county a total of $10,000 annually on electricity bills.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office came before the board of commissioners to request additional funds at the Alachua County Commission meeting Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office asked for $970,000 for replacement vehicles and a 3 percent salary increase for servicemen and women. A motion to allocate $500,000 was passed 4-1.
The S Main Street northbound lane closed on Nov. 10 for construction at its intersection with Depot Avenue. The construction proved to be an inconvenience for motorists, business owners and residents alike.
Gainesville High School received a bomb threat and subsequently evacuated all students and staff to a nearby Planet Fitness parking lot on Wednesday. GHS received two additional, identical threats Thursday morning, but the school has not been evacuated.
Homeless individuals in Alachua County find ways to cope with the cold weather. Some choose to sleep inside at shelters like Grace Marketplace, while others prefer to stay outside with their possessions, rely on friendship to stay warm.
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