Clewiston Sugar Festival Announces Star-Studded Musical Lineup

Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins

CLEWISTON, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2016) – The Clewiston Sugar Festival has announced country music star Trace Adkins will headline the 2017 festival, a free, family-friendly event held annually in America’s sweetest town. Adkins will be joined by other musical guests Tracy Lawrence, Parmalee, Runaway June and JJ McCoy.

The daylong event will be held Saturday, March 18, at Civic Park, on U.S. Hwy 27 in Clewiston. Admission to the event and musical performances is free.

Now in its 31st year, the Clewiston Sugar Festival celebrates the region’s annual sugarcane harvest and the importance of sugarcane in Glades-area communities and Florida’s agricultural industry. The presenting sponsor is U.S. Sugar, a Florida pioneer in the sustainable farming and processing of sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn.

“We’re really excited about this year’s lineup and look forward to celebrating our sugarcane harvest season with the entire community,’’ said Judy Sanchez, senior director of corporate communications and public affairs for U.S. Sugar. “We work hard all year round to bring in top musical talent that all ages can enjoy.’’

Adkins is best known for his hit songs You’re Gonna Miss This, Ladies Love Country Boys, Songs About Me, and many others. He also has appeared on TV shows, including NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Lawrence has produced several No. 1 country music hits, such as Sticks and Stones, Alibis and Can’t Break it to My Heart.

The Clewiston Sugar Festival will feature a variety of delicious food vendors, arts and craft booths, an antique car show, tractor displays and a kids’ park with games and inflatable jump houses.

“We’re thrilled to welcome such big names and encourage everyone to mark their calendars and come to Clewiston on March 18th,’’ said Hillary Hyslope, executive director of the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce, which is helping to organize the event. “This is our time to shine and show the world why Clewiston is the sweetest town in America.’’

This year’s musical lineup builds on the success of last year’s festival, which included performances by Gary Allan, Chase Bryant and Eric Paslay. Over the years, the Clewiston Sugar Festival has hosted many up-and-coming artists who have gone on to become some of country music’s biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Brantley Gilbert and Miranda Lambert.

For more information about the Clewiston Sugar Festival, visit our Sugar Festival page on Facebook.

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