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Osceola Heritage Park Secures Runaway Country Music Fest

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Hits Home Run with 10-Year Agreement

A Florida spring tradition, the Runaway Country Music Festival is moving to Osceola’s Entertainment complex on US Hwy 192, next to Florida’s Turnpike.

Osceola Heritage Park/SMG General Manager, Robb Larson made the announcement today, “Runaway Country has grown into a destination event for fans from all over the world. We have been looking to bring a popular, established music festival like this to Osceola Heritage Park and are thrilled to have landed this. The venue is perfect for music lovers and artists alike.”

Larson continued, “We are very pleased to confirm a long-term, 10-year agreement with Runaway Country and their talented team of producers, artists and festival organizers.”

Runaway Country founder and Executive Producer, Gary McCann said, “The new festival site at OHP is just a short drive from our previous location. Music fans, vendors and sponsors will enjoy a larger concert bowl, air conditioned restrooms, shaded food courts, new facilities to host the Outer Limits and My Apartment party zones, more campsites, easy access parking and more activities throughout the weekend.”

Osceola Heritage Park boasts easy access. Located on Hwy 192, just west of the Turnpike, in Osceola County, approximately 12 miles south of the Orlando International Airport, 45 minutes from the Space Coast’s beaches.

McCann continued, “This opens the door to a larger line-up on an expanded festival site. We have always been big fans of Stage Coach in Palm Springs and successful events like Country Thunder and Country Stampede. With the support offered by Osceola County and larger footprint, we can now introduce new features, attractions and of course, more great entertainment. We are all in for a real treat.”

Runaway Country’s VP Marketing and Sponsorships Doug Baker added, “The amenities for fans are unmatched, including a green, dust-free concert bowl. Sponsors and vendors have told us they love the new facilities. We are looking forward to showing off our new home.”

McCann added, “It was important to keep the festival as close as possible to its roots. A wonderful combination of fans and sponsors built Runaway Country into one of the premier music events in the country. We are grateful for the hospitality and support provided by Wickham Park staff over the past 5 years and of course the great folks involved with the Space Coast’s tourism industry. The time has come to showcase country music’s hottest stars in a new venue just 40 minutes west.”

Larson concluded, “We have everything needed to deliver the ultimate fan experience in what we believe is the perfect venue for a Festival here at OHP. The weather is great, refreshments are on ice and we can’t wait for March!”

Current reserved seating and campsite ticket holders will receive renewal notices for the 2016 event within the next couple of weeks. Tickets are expected to go on sale in early June.

Runaway Country weekend includes non-stop music, shopping, dining, backstage meet & greets, contests and more Friday March 18 through Sunday, March 20th, 2016.

Festival pre-parties, SuperFan club promotions and charitable events take place throughout the year. News and updates will be posted in the coming weeks at http://www.RunawayCountry.com and http://www.Facebook.com/RunawayCountry.

Osceola Heritage park is located at 1875 Silver Spur Lane, on Osceola County FL 34744 and is managed by SMG. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit http://www.smgworld.com

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Briefly:

– Runaway Country is an annual 3-day music festival in east central Florida the 3rd weekend of March.

– The 5th annual event in March 2015 drew fans from 39 states, 10 countries and just about every zip code in Florida.

– Held in Melbourne’s Wickham Park for 5 years, the line-up has included Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Randy Travis, The Charlie Daniels Band, Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, John Anderson and many others.

– Runaway Country is the first music festival of each new year. For many artists, the event is the kick-off to their touring season.

– Runaway Country will move to a larger site in time for the 6th annual event, March 18-20, 2016. The new location in Osceola Heritage Park provides for increased capacity, a larger line-up, more campsites and more festival attractions. 2016 event plans include several new bars and taverns and two after hour music zones featuring bands and DJs until the early hours.

Florida in March, never sounding so good!

For more information:

 Gary McCann – Runaway Country  |  Producer

321-613-4907  |  e; gmccann@cfl.rr.com

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