Fun & Full February: Mardi Gras, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and Strawberry Fest 

The annual Florida Strawberry Festival celebrates this delicious fruit!

By Michele D. Baker 

February! Winter is fast receding, and the weather is getting beautiful again. 

This February is an especially busy one: on Sunday, February 11, get ready to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LVIII at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (If you can’t see the game in person in Nevada, see page 7 for some easy and delicious appetizers to spice up any football watch party.) 

On Tuesday, February 13 we celebrate Mardi Gras, the last fling of decadence before Ash Wednesday and the 46-day fast during Lent leading up to Easter. 

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February 14 is the celebration of that holiday honoring love, St. Valentine’s Day. Grab some flowers and chocolates for your special someone and be sure to read the great story about the history of Valentine’s symbols on page 19.

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This leap year, the 11th Annual Strawberry Festival begins February 29 and continues through March 10. Besides the great rides, fun games, and great food, be sure to check out the many musical acts gracing the Wish Farms Generations of Sweetness Stage.  

The amazing cast of musical headliners during the festival includes Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra (free with gate admission), the Oak Ridge Boys, Oliver Anthony, Jordan Davis, the Black Eyed Peas, Parker McCollum, the Bellamy Brothers, ZZ Top, Mark Lowry, Zach Williams, Craig Morgan, Riley Green, Bill Haley and the Comets (free with gate admission), Gene Watson, Kirk Franklin, Foreigner, Flo Rida, The Commodores, Jo Dee Messina, Cody Johnson, and the Beach Boys (read all about the award winning Beach Boys on p. 4). For tickets to any of these events and concerts, visit

Until next time, enjoy the many beautiful days ahead in sunny southwest Florida!