A year in Orlando

Stars such as Johnny Bench and Donovan McNabb join John Kruk, Peter Gammons and other broadcast regulars at the annual edition of ESPN The Weekend (www.disneyworld.com; 407-839-3900; 3111 World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830), held at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The three-day event includes Q&As with athletes and network personalities as well as broadcasts of some of the sports channel's shows, including ESPN Deportes and Baseball Tonight. Some guests also get a chance to experience an audition for a job at the sports channel. Other visitors get a shot at going head to head with trivia expert Howie Schwab. Admission is included in the regular Studios' ticket price, $71 adults and $60 for kids 3-12.

Arguably, the Sunshine State's best berries come from Plant City, near Tampa, and the annual crop gets a celebration of its own at the annual Florida Strawberry Festival (www.flstrawberryfestival.com; 813-752-9194; 2202 W. Reynolds St., Plant City, 33563), held an hour southwest of Orlando in early March. Expect county fair-style rides, racing pigs and country music to go along with the state's second most popular fruit (citrus is first). You'll find them plain, in pies and in shortcake. The 78-year-old festival also offers livestock shows and other agricultural exhibits. Concerts feature entertainers such as Crystal Gayle, Sugarland, Tom Jones and Trace Adkins. Admission is $9 adults, $5 kids 6-12. Concert tickets are $10-$35.

He was a golf idol in the early days of television. Now he's a fixture in Orlando, where his Arnold Palmer Invitational (www.bayhillinvitational.com; 407-876-2888; 9000 Bayhill Blvd., Orlando, 32819), previously called the Bayhill Invitational, is the first local pit stop for the PGA. Though he no longer plays competitive golf, "Arnie" is a frequent face at the mid March tourney. Past champs Tiger Woods (2001-2003) and Phil Mickelson (1997) are among the regulars. Daily tickets are $45 with parking costing another $20.

Motorcyclists and wannabes roar into Daytona Beach for Bike Week (www.officialbikeweek.com; 386-255-0981; Daytona Beach, 32120), which its organizers promote as the world's largest motorcycle event. That's not a stretch—this party draws 250,000 people. Activities for the early March event include motorcycle and custom paint shows, free demonstration rides by major manufacturers such as Harley Davidson, equipment swap meets, concerts and races at Daytona International Speedway. The local chamber of commerce also sponsors a 22-mile riverfront ride that passes through Bulow Creek State Park. You even can get hitched on the beach if you come with a marriage license. Given the underlying beer and bikini theme, this isn't a good event for your children.


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