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March 2019: Our Favorite Events in Authentic Florida

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Spring has sprung up in Florida (in fact, it felt like Summer last week). The month of March is the ideal time to attend some of the most fun festivals/events of the year. We’ve narrowed our March list down to a few of our personal favorites that happen to be sprinkled throughout the Sunshine State. We highly recommend planning a weekend getaway and exploring the surrounding areas of these festivals. Their locations are chock full of authentic treasures.

To keep up with our favorite Florida Festivals throughout the year, be sure to follow us on Facebook and visit our Events tab.

2019 Strawberry Festival (Plant City)
Feb 28 – Mar 10

The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City has it all: strawberries galore, concerts, rides, shows and animals! This festival is family-friendly and guaranteed to provide attendees a berry sweet time. Gate admission is good for any one day. Gate admissions fees are as follows: Youth (ages 6-12) are $4.00 (plus convenience or handling fees), while adults are $8.00 (plus convenience or handling fees). Headliner concert ticket prices vary. This year’s performers include Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kool and the Gang, Pat Boone and many others.

More info at https://flstrawberryfestival.com/

26th Annual Swampfest (Weeki Wachee)
March 1-3

The 26th Annual Swampfest is held in Weeki Wachee. On March 2nd at noon, a Swamp Monster costume contest will be held with three prizes for the best dressed Swamp Monsters. Vendors from all over the country will also be in attendance with food and items you will be able to purchase. Entrance fees are as follows: adults $5, kids ages 6-12 are $3; and kids 5 and under are free!

More info at https://swampfestweekiwachee.com/

AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Mar. 3, 2019

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A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.