Runaway Country moving from Brevard to Osceola

Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line perform at 2015 event


KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Runaway Country will move from Wickham Park in Melbourne to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.

Osceola Heritage Park/SMG General Manager Robb Larson made the announcement Monday.

"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 said.  "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."

"The new festival site at OHP is just a short drive from our previous location," Runaway Country founder and Executive Producer Gary McCann said.  "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 is about 12 miles south of the Orlando International Airport and 45 minutes from the Space Coast's beaches.

"This opens the door to a larger lineup on an expanded festival site," McCann said.  "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."

McCann said it was also important to keep the festival as close as possible to its roots. 

"We are grateful for the hospitality and support provided by Wickham Park staff over the past five years and, of course, the great folks involved with the Space Coast's tourism industry," he said.  "The time has come to showcase country music's hottest stars in a new venue just 40 minutes west."

Runaway Country weekend includes nonstop music, shopping, dining, backstage meet-and-greets, contests and more and is scheduled to run Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, 2016.

This year's headliners were Lee Brice, Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line.