Get out your boots and hat, Florida’s hottest country concert is coming to Osceola.
This March 18th, Osceola Heritage Park will be opening its doors to Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Neal McCoy, Sawyer Brown, Jamie Lynn Spears, Radio Romance, and many more of country’s most boot-kickin’ bands. What makes it Florida’s best country show? How about 3 days and nights with a 4-story mobile stage, Nashville’s best audio and light show, dance clubs, taverns, and special side-stages.
The fest offers much more than just music. All-day shopping and dining will line Osceola Heritage Park; and when the lights go dim, country’s biggest stars will come out to entertain. “Every March, country fans get together in central Florida with the biggest stars in music! Classic Country, New Country, Hit Country, Country Rock, it’s a spring tradition! 2016 will be the best year, yet” says executive producer Gary McCann. “Fans will enjoy the largest line-up ever with 30 artists playing over 3 days. Plus an amazing facility, with both indoor and outdoor “dance halls,” a food court with the Blue Grass Tavern located under the canopy of 200 year old oak trees.”
We spoke with McCann, and OHP’s Robb Larson to see what else is in store:
OW: Which band/performer are you most excited to see?
RL: There are so many artists to be excited about but if I were cornered and forced to pick one, I would say Old Dominion. They are an up and coming band that has a hit song “Break Up With Him” that has reached the number one spot on the charts! They have a good sound and I believe they will continue to gain fans. It’s always fun to watch groups on their way up to superstardom.
OW: Any great vendors our readers can get excited for?
GM: Shopping and dining offers just about everything one can think of. From healthy wraps, to deep fried Oreos. Of course BBQ, steaks, gourmet burgers, wood fired pizza, and much more! Shopping for gifts or shopping for yourself, there are more than 100 vendors with a wide array of apparel, jewelry, boots, buckles, hats, even RVs and cars!
OW: Are there any special transportation notices (like traffic or road closures) Osceola County should know about?
RL: We are working closely with the Osceola County Sheriff’s office and the promoter to finalize traffic and parking plans for the area. As with any highly attended event there will definitely be heavy traffic, and our goal is to be as effective as possible at limiting inconveniences for attendees and local commuters alike. Stay tuned for details.
OW: As this is the inaugural RC for Osceola, why should Osceola County be excited that it’s coming to our own back yard?
RL: The Runaway Country Music Fest has been very successful for 5 years, and now coming to our County for year 6 there will be great excitement and enthusiasm. We expect the event will blossom even more now that it will be here in Osceola County. Festivals take time to develop and we are fortunate to have the best of both worlds this March with a brand new festival for our complex, yet a festival with history. Having experienced the event in the past I am excited for our community to benefit from the tens of thousands of visitors that will be coming to our area to enjoy the music as well as our hotels, restaurants, shops, and theme parks. Osceola County is a great place to live, work, and play; we expect Runaway Country to make a big splash in a good way for all of us!
OW: Explain the Outer Limits Party Zone and My Apartment, and what they offer to RC’s guests.
GM: For three days, the Silver Spurs Arena is turned into The Outer Limits Party Zone; line-dancing during the day and an after-hours night club when the Main Stage goes dark. My Apartment is a 17,000 sq.ft. duo saddle span structure with more artists playing all day and into the late night. Between Main Stage acts, fans enjoy more great entertainment AND another after hours party till the early morning.
You don’t want to miss out on Osceola’s inaugural show. For more info, check out RunawayCountry.com