PCB Strawberry Festival

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by January 25, 2011 • 15 comments

The Panama City Beach Strawberry Festival, Valentine’s Day Weekend  (Sat & Sun, Feb 12-13) at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater.

The Festival will include  Sweet Farm Fresh Strawberries, Great Music, Hay Rides, Free Games for kids, Green Amusement Rides, Tons of vendors, Great Food, Miss Strawberry Pageant, Country Music Singing Contest, Car Show and Much Much More!

Event Schedule

Saturday February 12th 2011

10:00 am Gates Open

10:30 am Country Music Singing Contest

12:00 pm Suite Caroline Performs

2:30 pm Acoustix Performs

6:00 pm Dixie Highway Band Performs

10:00 pm Gates Close

Sunday February 13th 2011

10:00 am Gates Open

10:30 am Miss PCB Strawberry Pageant

1:00 pm Suite Caroline Performs

4:00 pm Miss PCB Strawberry Awards

6:00 pm Shawn Rader Performs

10 pm Gate Close

Saturday & Sunday Kids Stuff

Extreme Bungee

Bounce Houses

Water Sphere

Rock Climbing Wall

Hay Rides

Bubble Truck & Magic

Face Painting

Pony Rides

Tons of games by Legacy Kids

Florida Highway Patrol’s Safety Belt Car Crash Rollover Simulator

Fire Departments Smoke House (Teaches Fire Safety)

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1 Patricia January 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

would like to know about the Pageant. I hold a few titles and would love to be a judge. Thank You.



2 Rya Holloway Phillips January 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Hi Patricia! I looked on their website, and the only thing I can find there is the application for contestants. They did have a phone listed though, maybe that will help get you some better answers? Good luck!

“Once you review the application if you have further questions please call 850-630-4545”


3 Aria February 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

Could you post the link??? I’m looking to enter and can’t find anything


4 jackie January 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

i would like to stay at a hotel close to the park so I can walk or have a shuttle from the hotel to the event.
any suggestions.


5 jamnolfin January 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I have a condo across the street from Pier Park at Calypso



6 David January 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Yes if you go to http://www.pcbstrawberryfestival.com and click on the accomodations link there is specal packages put togeather for this festival.


7 Annie February 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

We have units at Calypso and are proud to be a host and supporter. We do have packages available that include festival tickets. Check out our website or call our reservations staff 877-808-4323!


8 Annie February 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

Jackie, didnt realize our website wouldnt copy into the message…


9 casual observer February 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

Well, the Strawbery Festival came and went. Great idea…less than desirable execution.

Let’s start with $10 admission price that you don’t know about until you walk down the long sidewalk surrounded by chain link fencing.

Then, let’s talk about the price for the kids rides…Five $2 tickets to bungee jump; you can ride the same bungy jump in the mall for $5.

The vendor lineup was VERY light; although they were pretty good and well set up.

The most aggregious offense seemed to be the way they turned away countless pet owners on a beautiful sunny Sunday. It wasn’t the fact they turned them away, but the fact there were NO signs posted anywhere until you walked that infamously long chain link fenced sidewalk again; just to be embarassed while you were turned away. It seems like they could easily have sold doggy-poop bags to generate a little extra cash and allowed a hundred or so exta people to pay their $10 to get in.

There were positives to the Festival. First of all, GREAT idea at the perfect time of year. Secondly, the food vendors were really pretty good. Mostly, the band playing on Sunday (Sweet Caroline) was REALLY good; the 14 year old front girl was a talented entertainer and was probably worth the $10 if you were going to see a band.

It cost me $50 for my family of five just to walk in the door. No local discounts, no family discounts, no you-didn’t-bring-your-dog discount. This was a “it’s a pretty day, after church, let’s stop by” thing. I think maybe the communication was what could have stood the most improvement. No signage about anything until you made that long runway walk that seemed to trap you in and embarass you into forking over the $10 per head.

I am sure they will learn some lessons from this year and make it a little better next year. I do hope they come back…just a littlle better and a little more family friendly.


10 krystal January 22, 2012 at 12:22 am

i need pageant info so, I can enter my daughter in the pageant!


11 Nathan Smith January 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Do you have a food vendor space for a mobile sno-cone trailer I would like to participate. Here’s my number or email us. Thank you much

Nathan Smith 850 6284004