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Category: February

Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City FL, February 26th Through March 8th 2015

Strawberry shortcake, strawberry shakes, strawberry sundaes, strawberry cobbler, strawberry ice cream, chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry cookies, fresh strawberry lemonade, fresh local strawberries by the flat… if strawberries were their own state, the Florida Strawberry Festival, which opened this past Thursday and continues through March 8th, would be its state fair. First held in 1930, the festival celebrates the more than 5000 acres of strawberries grown in the Plant City region. Continue reading

Grant Seafood Festival, Grant FL, February 28th Through March 1st, 2015

What started as a fish fry for a couple hundred people in 1966 has turned into a two-day event for 50,000. It’s the 49th annual Grant Seafood Festival in Grant, FL. There’s music and arts and crafts, but what you’re really here for is seafood, and lots of it! Continue reading

Smelt Derby Festival, La Conner WA, February 28th, 2015

How’s your smelt jigging? The waters around La Conner, WA used to be thick with smelt (there was once a fish processing plant in town), but ya gotta be pretty good with the jig these days to collect a worthwhile haul (no license is needed to jig for smelt). If you fancy yourself the Yo-Yo Ma of the smelt jig you might want to try your hand at the Fishing Derby Saturday at this year’s 50th Annual Smelt Derby in La Conner. Prizes will be handed out. Continue reading

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