In less than 90 days, Florida’s Space Coast will become country strong with the Runaway Country Music Festival scheduled for April 15 & 16, 2011 in Wickham Park in Melbourne, FL. Billed as the hottest ticket in town, the Runaway Country Music festival is setting the area on fire with excitement! 

Rob Varley, executive director of Space Coast Office of Tourism said, “When organizers selected the park to host this event, we went over and stood in the field and stared out from what will be center stage, and we all just kind of went, ‘oh my, this is beautiful.’  Fans are in for a real treat.”

And organizers and hotels are hunkering down to give residents and visitors alike a real bang for their buck! 

Festival organizer Gary McCann gave a run down on what preparations have been going on so far, “This has been a three year endeavor and we’re still not finished with preparations.  The next few weeks will be crammed with with activity.   Logistics meetings with Melbourne and Brevard County police and fire personnel have begun, hotel shuttles and tour bus schedules finalized.  The main stage, audio, video and lighting will be trucked in from Nashville, so we can convert the existing Wickham Park Amphitheater into Stage Number 2.  We also have to build the Tiki Saloon, a shopping corral and vendor village.  And RV and camping spots are also being prepared over approximately 350 acres. The list is pretty extensive.”

Greg Minor, Brevard County Parks and Operations Manager confirmed preparations at the festival site.  “We are looking forward to hosting the festival.  The park is ready and it looks great.  We have staff already scheduled, but since some of them are country music fans it won’t be like work for them.”

Not to be outdone, local hotels are complimenting the festival by providing special rates and hotel packages. “We have put together some very nice hotel ticket packages for guests, which are being bought up quickly. But what I think excites me the most, the tremendous response and attention our area is receiving across the country and most recently overseas, Germany and England called,” said Tom Poehailos, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Oceanfront and spokesperson for the Melbourne Beaches Hotels  Association.

“We expect to be sold out,”  Tom Williamson, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach and spokesperson for the Cocoa Beach Hotel Association said. “We were like a lot of the Nashville stars. As soon as we heard about the festival, we jumped on board. I have spoken with hotels across the Space Coast, reservations started coming in as soon as the festival was officially announced.”

Shortly after the festival site was confirmed by festival organizers, artists started announcing their participation.  Confirmed acts include:   Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Lonestar, Eric Church, Justin Moore, John Anderson, Josh Kelley, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Lo Cash Cowboys and Steel Magnolia.


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