In addition to all of the livestock shows, contests, displays and exhibits, below is a list of FREE entertainment included in your gate admission.
The 2019 Florida Strawberry Festival Battle of the Bands Competition is here! The final event will take place on the Wish Farms Sound Stage on March 9, 2019. Over $15,000 and prizes up for grabs!!! See the Top 20 Bands below. Go to our 2019 Battle of the Bands Facebook page for more info on how to vote. Online fan voting begins December 3rd. Click here to vote for the Top 9 who will battle it out during the 11-day event.
Otherworld formed in 2015 by brothers Conner Lindsay (guitar/vocals) and Ty Lindsay (bass), Otherworld’s sound was a created by combining both of the brothers different ideas. The first two EPs “Unto The Void” (2015) and “The Oblivion” (2016) were recorded with drummer Alex Logorz (2015-2016). After Alex’s departure from the band, he was replaced by Chris Sammy in January of 2016. The next month (February 2016) Otherworld would add Austin Baxter as a second guitarist and to complete the four piece lineup.
The band would start playing shows throughout the state of Florida opening for nationals in St. Pete, Sanford, and Orlando. On April 1, 2017 their first full length album “Upon the Wreckage” was released featuring 10 songs and album art by own bassist Ty Lindsay. Since its release Otherworld has recorded three music videos for songs: “Never to Rise”, “I for an I”, and “Phantom Limb”.
In July of 2018, Chris Sammy would leave the band to fulfill other endeavors. Otherworld would then find drummer Sean Patrick Sweeney to take his place behind the kit. Otherworld is set to release “Take Me With The Flood” in 2019 while playing shows in various cities. National acts Otherworld has shared the stage with: Seven Kingdoms, Burn Halo, American Evil, Saliva, Adrenaline Mob, Flaw, Crazy Town, Hed PE, and Dellacoma. To hear this band, click here.
THE BEATDOWN BAND
In 2014 a new band was born, one that was steeped in particularly Jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. Founder and leader of the Beat Down Band, Juston Capheart embraced a style of music that bridged the gap that has often separated the musical taste of black and white America.
This group of aspiring men have aligned their unwavering dedication to a work ethic that has manifested a signature sound and defined the landscape of today’s R&B and Soul Music scene. If you’re wondering where the name “Beat Down Band” originated, “381, It’s a long story”.
The backbone of their work stylistically has a range of influences from Quincy Jones, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Earth Wind & Fire, The Eagles, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mint Condition, Maroon 5 and Musiq Soulchild. The bands attitude and work ethic reflect a mantra that says, “anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.” Being exposed to music at such a young age BDB is firmly rooted in many different musical traditions, including R&B, Gospel, Soul, Blues and Jazz music. With their unpredictable musical arrangements, jabbing hooks and sensual structure they have become one of the tightest bands in the Tampa Bay area. By returning to their own musical influence the Beat Down Band gives us a unique reflection and chronicle of traditional American music at its best, creating a library of music that will stand the test of time.
Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard of what’s about to go down with BDB. These young men are a force to be reckoned with. You have not experience a Bombostic performance until you “Rock with The Beat Down Band”. This ensemble of men is living proof that raw talent and ambition can still prevail in the music Industry. To hear this band, click here.
OakLee was originally formed in 2017 by Ian Davis and Jonathan Liptak. As a band we started out practicing cover songs and writing originals mostly country with a little taste of Rock. We quickly clicked as musicians and started a full band setup playing local bars and restaurants every week. Our full band setup became Lead vocals (Ian Davis), Lead Guitar (Dylan Smith), Rhythm Guitar (Jonathan Liptak), Bass (Cristian Zonner) and Drums (Grant Shelnut). As a band we have played hundreds of shows throughout the south in this past year and half. We are continuing to quickly expand with our music, playing anything from old classic Johnny Cash and Hank Williams to modern Jason Aldean and Eric Church. We even throw a taste of Rock ‘N’ Roll with anything from Tom Petty to Pearl Jam. We are trying to grow further as a band in the state and eventually throughout the country. Our Dream is to share our music and make sure the people are enjoying it and themselves at our shows. Music is a part of Life with us. We have since released our original music to sources like ITunes, Spotify, and YouTube. OakLee is prepared for the next step and we would love for new faces to join our journey! To hear this band, click here.
Growler believes in freedom, love and rock’n’roll. We write infectious songs and perform exciting live shows. Growler is a rock band based in Tampa, Florida. We are inspired by bands such as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Big Star and Foo Fighters.
Growler released its first LP album “The Beer Papers” in February 2018. Creative Loafing calls it “straight ahead rock and roll…hook-driven, melodic rock.” Other music reviews include “…professional-level rock you should not miss” and “[The Beer Papers] is an album you have to hear live!”
Front man Logan Grant showcases a wide vocal range often compared to Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) and incredible talents on guitar and keyboards. Prior to forming Growler, lead guitarist Dr. No played in national touring rock and blues bands including The Utensils, one of the most sought-after bands in Tampa Bay.
Lee Harang plays rhythm guitar and is known for his improvised on-stage antics during live shows. Jimmy ‘Steel’ Calus is an award-winning bassist, craft brewer and steel artist, who was a member of trendy post-Americana band Genghis Flan. Drummer Josh McClelland recently appeared on Shark Tank where his company got a deal with Daymond John. Josh also sings backing harmonies. To hear this band, click here.
DBMK is the explosive alt-pop outfit from Tampa, Florida cutting through the scene as one of 2018’s most promising groups with singles “Heartscam” and “I Think I’m Bored.” The Tampa quartet began generating buzz after spins on WSUN 97X, Lightning 100, KROQ and other alt stations, as well as one-off support for acts like Bleachers, Panic! At The Disco, and Twenty One Pilots. DBMK has amassed a fast-growing online following and well over 3 million Spotify streams in the past year and continue to tour their extraordinarily energetic and vivid collision of a live show around the country. To hear this band, click here.
Blake Trent Band
“Born and raised in Orlando, Blake began his career in music within a worship setting during college. Learning guitar and piano from a young age, music became a foundation for perspective and endurance in his personal life. Blake began writing his own music at the age of 18 in hopes to bring some light to those experiencing darkness through impactful lyrics.
Blake released his debut EP on May 1, 2018. With acoustic music being a strong influence on his writing style, he sought out to complete an intimate piece of art with his childhood instruments. Tricia Kennedy joined the band in the summer of 2018, bringing an added level of intensity to the show with her skills on the drums. Blake and Tricia are continuing to work on new material, and will be releasing alternative music with a full band in the near future.” To hear this band, click here.
G.W. Souther is a 4-piece band that features members originally from Alabama and Florida whose talents have combined to form a rather unique sound and stage presence in the original music scene. While being based out of Orlando, FL, The fellas released their debut EP “Freedom on the Line” in mid May 2017 which features the musical blend of reggae, rock, and a lot of soul. It’s drawn a lot of attention around central Florida as they continue to build a second body of work slated to be released mid to late 2018. While they spend the majority of their stage time performing various cover and original tunes, the recording process and creative develop is in full effect. With their
latest singles “I’m Cool” and “Dr. Bad Girl” already leading 2018, they continue to impress with the full production and songwriting. They got their start as a party band while performing in various venues across the state of Florida.
What’s so unique about G.W. Souther is the old school influence from bands like the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and many more that play their instruments and sing on stage. Each of the 4 brothers bring something unique to the stage inspiring great vibes from elements like Soul, Pop, Rock, Funk, and Experimental. With the addition of guitarist and vocalist Drew Williams from Deland, FL, the brothers have added another soulful and experimental element in reaching people with raw talent and ridiculous musicianship. Prior to joining the band, Drew cowrote and played guitar on “Dr. Bad Girl” which features a heavy drive within the guitar performance as well as an edge in the
lyrics like no other music G.W. Souther has released.
The members individually have performed at various festivals including but not limited to The Tropical Heatwave, The Great Outdoors Jam, The Lexington BBQ Cookoff, The Disc Jam, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and Corona Capital just to name a few. They have also worked with artist such as Cloves, Trae Pierce, Ty$, Hayley Warner, Christina Milian, G Eazy, Jeremih, and Snoop Dogg as session performers, producers, and engineers. Keep your eyes open and your ears to the music from G.W. Souther. They set out only to bring good vibes to a city near you! To hear this band, click here.
In the year 2000 God anointed 4 brothers to do His will and minister through music to this generation. Their father Pastor Emmanuel Roberts saw something special in His sons. He spent much of his time instilling godly values in them. He said, “If you are going to sing it, you have to live it! You cannot compromise!”
So one evening, it dawned on them, “Our name will be, God’s Example!”
The young foursome—Derrick, Jay, Kenny and Chris took that name and not only used it as name, but as a vision statement. “We pray that people can see Christ in us,” Derrick concludes. “We’re not perfect, we are in pursuit.”
The four grew up as preacher’s kids in Crescent City, FL at Walkers Chapel Church of God by Faith. It is there they learned about God and were able to develop the gifts God had given them.
In 2008, God’s Example self-produced their first project Breakthrough. The album spoke to where they were in their lives and ministry. Countless individuals have been and continue to be strengthened and encouraged by that project. 10 years later coming out of what may have seemed to be a hiatus, GE is releasing their new album Reality Show, which features gospel singer, Lorraine “Punch” Baldwin, who is also a Putnam County native (Palatka, FL). “We’ve never stopped singing and ministering, we really took time to develop as artists and to invest in ourselves”, says Jay.
Their new single, 7 Things, which was officially released on September 14, 2018, has already garnered the attention of the music enthusiasts and fellow music producers across different genres. Chris explained, “This single marks the maturation and evolution of our music from traditional gospel to also include urban and contemporary Christian styles.” The entire album highlights this group’s ability to reach a wide variety of people by crossing age, racial, cultural, gender, and denominational barriers while maintaining the same message of love, unity and praise. Kenny added, “we’ve always been a versatile group but I feel that this album allowed us to finally express that versatility.”
The single is currently available on the group’s website, www.gemuzik.com, as well as most online music download and streaming outlets including itunes, apple music, amazon, and many more. To hear this band, click here.
Florida is a place where the water meets the woods. A place that has as many farms as it does beaches. A place where children are raised on Hank Williams Jr. and Bob Marley. It is in this diverse state that Clemons Road calls their home. Blending Country music with an island feel or vice versa, the band always starts a party as soon as the first note rings! Pulling their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to Zac Brown Band, Clemons Road can keep all audiences heads bobbing and feet moving.
When Grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown (lead vocals/guitar) started making phone calls to start the band he didn’t pull any punches. “I had been writing songs and playing music for other bands and artists and this time I just wanted to do what I want to do. Play the music that me and my friends loved playing and not limit ourselves to any barriers”, Cliff explains. The first person he called was lifelong best friend and bandmate Eric Long (bass/vocals). Eric and Cliff have traveled the country playing together in various bands such as “Soulness” and “The Cliff Brown Band”. Cliff also landed Jason Baker (fiddle/piano/vocals). Jason has played professionally with many western swing and bluegrass acts nationally. Through connections with the local bluegrass scene, the band was introduced to Gavin Baulac (banjo) a bluegrass/progressive picker that can hang with the best of them. Josh High (electric guitar) has been playing with members of the group for over ten years and gives the band their full sound. Solidifying their huge sound is Chris Williams (drums). Chris grew up with the boys, right on the corner of Clemons Road, and has played in many bands throughout Florida.
The musical result is much like the place where they live. Putting all of their influences into a blender to make a concoction that everyone can drink! Cliff puts it this way, “We want to be a band that crosses cultures and breaks age barriers. We want to make people feel good and give them songs to use for the soundtrack of their lives!” To hear this band, click here.
Four passionate individuals who eat, sleep and breathe music. Coming together from different journeys and influences to form one of Florida’s best cover bands. Each has individually toured throughout the U.S. and beyond. they have vast experience within the music industry, opening up for bands like Kansas, Eddie Money, Craig Morgan, LA Guns, Zach Hexum,Thomas Nicholas band, Copeland, and many more. Winners of the Mai Tai Rumble battle of the bands competition 2013 in Daytona Beach, FL.
Rare versatility playing those familiar songs from the 60’s to today’s Top 40. At any point throughout the show, you can hear tunes ranging from Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin to Bruno Mars, Luke Bryan and Disturbed. There’s never a dull moment in this band’s performance. With their captivating energy, chemistry and progressive yet soulful musicianship, it is hard to glance away.
None other than a professional act with a dedicated fan base. Almost There gives a part of themselves, leaving the crowd with an unquenchable thirst for more. To hear this band, click here.
The Easy Button
For fans of Weezer, Ozma, Relient K. The Easy Button is an Alternative/Rock band from Tampa, gaining momentum with their brand of Guitar driven, hook laden melodic rock with a dash of sentimentality. To hear this band, click here.
Hey everyone! We are Kingsway. A contemporary Christian band from Brandon Florida. We are just getting started, but we are so excited to share our music with you. We are a couple of fun loving, Jesus centered guys with hearts to share the gospel with anyone we get the opportunity to. Check us out! To hear this band, click here.
We all have loved music most of our lives and met playing at our local church. After about a year of playing together on Sundays, we decided to talk about starting a band together because we wanted to play at local live events. Our idea to just play at local events soon turned into wanting to make a CD with our own original songs. So after about a year of writing, planning, and recording we were able to launch our very first CD “Melancholy Weekend”. We love playing and growing together as musicians and are excited to continue to learn and grow as we make our way in the music world. To hear this band, click here.
Angie Rey & the Countrydelics
Just 19 years old, country singer songwriter, Angie Rey has a dream, but this is not a little one, rather a vast dream. With her curly top, beautiful smile, and intriguing voice, Angie is from a really small town in Southern California, hoping to change the world one step at a time. In this process she has already seen success that most young teenagers only dream about.
Her journey began at the age of five when she was only singing in preschool, the shower, and her bedroom. Now, years later, at the age of thirteen, she made it to the top eighteen on La Voz Kids, being able to sing with Jessie and Joy and Prince Royce. “I never expected anything like this to happen,” Angie said. “It’s a dream come true.” Shortly after, at the age of 15, she made top 75 on American Idol, being the youngest girl on season 14. Her mature sound and style has her poised to appeal to a wide range of ages. Angie has now opened for various Country stars like Scotty McCreery, Chase Bryant, Jerrod Niemann, John Michael Montgomery, and many others!
With fans in dozens of countries all over the world, Angie is now an international sensation. But Angie isn’t ready to stop – far from it. She has set her sights and her voice on taking the Country music world by storm. To hear this band, click here.
Hello, my name is Lauren Feyes. I am 22 years old, and I am based out of Plant City, Florida. I have been playing piano and writing music since I was twelve years old. My inspiration to begin songwriting was to channel my emotions and put on paper the things I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone about. Music is important to me because it speaks to people in a way that words alone cannot. It is my dream to pursue a career in music and share my story. I hope that you enjoy my submission, and that my music impacts you in a special way. To hear this band, click here.
Reach City Worship
Reach City Worship is a movement out of Tampa, Florida. Equipping and providing a voice for the local and global body of Christ, our music captures the heart and sound of our home church.
Recorded live at Conference, each song unites a sea of voices in deep and passionate worship for Jesus. Led by worship leader, John Wesley, each song written aims to transcend denominational and generational barriers by uniting the church and declaring the hope that we find in our Savior. To hear this band, click here.
Bound No More
A Southern, Christian Rock band housed out of Free Rider Fellowship in Plant City, FL. We began 10 years ago with original members Matt Hayes (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) and Ron Smith (percussion and harmonica), joined a year later by Cindy Tolley (bass guitar). We recently welcomed our newest member, Rick Addison (lead guitar). Our passion is to glorify God with the musical abilities He’s given us by creating wildly good music and to have fun doing it! To hear this band, click here.
Stevie Frank has performed at various successful local and national shows including: Mod Sun at the Pike Room in Pontiac, Breathe Carolina at the iLounge inside Clutch Cargos, The After Party at the Shelter in Detroit, Ryan Cabrera at the Ritz in Warren and Charlie Dentel at the Plymouth Bean in Plymouth. To hear this band, click here.
Kayla Ember is a 19 year old singer/songwriter and Recording Artist. Originally from New York yet she now resides in the Tampa Bay area.
Kayla’s love for R&B, Jazz, Pop & Hip Hop gives her a unique sound. Kayla is performing on a regular basis in local venues like The Hard Rock in Tampa and many other live music venues across the Tampa Bay and St Pete area. You can see her every weekend live at The Don Cesar in St Pete. She has had the honor of performing in support of the legendary Diana Ross concert & Post Modern Jukebox, Chris Daughtry, and John Legend concerts. Other performances include the famous Bitter End in New York City.
She has also been featured in many live performances on Tampa Bay Fox News, Channel 8 NBC News, Channel 10 ABC News and on many local FM radio stations. She was also a Season 1 Contestant on the “The Four” on Fox.
Kayla recently worked with well known Grammy winning producers & songwriters writers out of LA developing her new album with a new fresh sound. To hear this band, click here.
Redeemed Flea is a rapper and spoken word artist. He was recently featured on the Poets in Autumn tour and at the Hip Hop conference Flavor Fest. He’s passionate about true lyricism and loves to perform with live instruments. To here this band, click here.
Sponsored By: Fifth Third Bank
Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
No 11 a.m. show on March 3 or 3 p.m. show on March 10.
Sponsored By: Global Frequency Technology
Daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
No noon show on March 3 or 4 p.m. show on March 10
2019 Florida Strawberry Festival Battle of the Bands
Thursday, February 28, Tuesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 7
Pastor Calvin “Pee Wee” Callins
Friday, March 1 and Friday, March 8
The Danny Moody Band
Saturday, March 2
Sunday, March 3
Next Radical Generation
Monday, March 4
First Baptist Church of Plant City Modern Worship Team
Wednesday, March 6
Ladies of Lee
Saturday, March 9
HOLA Plant City
Produced by: Coda Sound
Sunday, March 10
Details to come.
Kari & Billy
Sponsored By: J.C. Sales
Daily at noon, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sponsored By: SunTrust Bank
Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Walker Boys
Sponsored By: Hampton Inn & Suites/Tampa East
Daily at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks vs. Lumberjills
Sponsored By: Husqvarna
Daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Additional 6 p.m. shows on
Saturdays and Sundays
Sponsored By: Vision Auto Glass
Daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.,
4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Runa Pacha “Indian World”
Sponsored By: Verizon Wireless
Daily at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.,
6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Pompeyo Dog Show
Sponsored By: Visions of Outdoor Living
Daily at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
and 5:30 p.m.
Robinson’s Racing Pigs
Sponsored By: Netterfield’s Concessions
Daily at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.,
6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Dakin Dairy Farmers Milking Parlor
Sponsored By: Southbay Sod
Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
and 5 p.m.
Meet the Festival’s Official Mascots
“Mr. and Miss Berry”
at the TruStep Gazebo
Daily from 11-11:30 a.m., 3:30-4 p.m.
and 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Rock-It the Robot
Sponsored By: Softub Express
Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Fanta Strawberry Soda Throwdown, Daily at 2:30 p.m.
Watch to see who can down 32 oz. of Fanta Strawberry Soda the fastest. The Fanta Strawberry Soda Throwdown is sponsored by Taylor’s Doughboy.
Amish Donut Eating Contest, Friday, March 1 at 2 p.m.
Teams of four will compete to see who can eat a stack of four delicious amish donuts (with no hands) in the least amount of time. The Amish Donut Eating Contest is sponsored by Peachey’s.
Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest, Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.
Youngsters of all ages compete to see who can remove the stems from 20 berries the fastest. The Youth Strawberry Stemming Contest is sponsored by Mavric’s Chocolate Barn.
Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest, Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m.
Competitors are challenged to eat one bowl of spaghetti topped with our favorite – a strawberry. The Strawberry Spaghetti Eating Contest is sponsored by Spaghetti Eddie’s.
Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest, Tuesday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
Adult visitors of all ages compete to see who can remove the stems from 25 berries the fastest. The Adult Strawberry Stemming Contest is sponsored by Chocolate Strawberry Express.
Super Dog Mega Corn Dog Eating Contest, Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m.
This contest consists of 8 contestants. Each contestant will be given 2 Mega Corndogs. The first contestant who finishes the two corndogs and has a clean plate will be the winner; nothing can be left on the plate or floor. The winner will be awarded with a trophy and bragging rights!
Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest, Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m.
Brave competitors compete to see who can eat a 4-lb. (No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you…we said 4 lbs.) strawberry shortcake in 10 minutes. Once they hit the 8 minute mark, their spoons are taken away just to make things a little more interesting. Oh yeah, the winner is awarded a trophy with a pig on top. The Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest is sponsored by St. Clement “Make Your Own” Strawberry Shortcake.
Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest, Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m.
Competitors are challenged with eating one plate of garlic mashed potatoes (topped with strawberry glaze and a fresh strawberry, of course) in under 10 minutes. The Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie Eating Contest is sponsored by Pickle Barrel Sirloin Tips.
Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. – Mosaic Youth Swine Show
Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. – Mosaic Youth Swine Sale
Saturday, March 2 – Dairy Showmanship – 11 a.m. | Dairy Show – 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 – Dairy Showmanship (Adults) – 11 a.m. | Dairy Showmanship (Pee Wee) – 11:30 a.m. | Dairy Costume Ball – 12:30 p.m. | Youth Plant Sale – 2 p.m.
Monday, March 4 – Lamb Jumping Contest – 3 p.m. | Lamb Costume Contest – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 at 5 p.m. – Lamb Showmanship and Show
Wednesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. – Mosaic Youth Steer Show
Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. – Mosaic Youth Steer Showmanship
Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. – Beef Breed Showmanship
Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. – Mosaic Youth Steer Sale
Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m. – Beef Breed Show
Mosaic Poultry and Rabbit Exhibits – on Display Daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.