First country music festival coming to Winter Park, western attire not required
WINTER PARK – Hideaway Park has hosted jazz players, electronic dance music makers, folk singers, local bands and national names this summer, but with one weekend left a new sound is coming to the Rendezvous Stage.
Country-music lovers are finally getting their own festival with the first Country at the Park music event. Justin Moore, Easton Corbin and Jason McNabb will take the stage this Saturday afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m. Doors open at noon.
Catherine Ross, executive director for the Fraser Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber decided to offer a country festival after hearing that there was a demand for one from audience surveys and local residents.
“Country is big and it’s growing, so it’s an opportunity to bring a new audience to our community,” Ross said. “It seems like there was a pent up desire, especially locally, for a country show.”
The Chamber partnered with iHeartRadio for the event and recruited Moore and Corbin because of their national reputations, popularity with younger audiences and chart-topping albums. Ross said that Winter Park is lucky to have Moore and Corbin on stage.
“Our decision making is always based on are they relevant as far as music goes and are they selling tickets,” Ross said. “And it seems like we chose the right (artists) because we do get tons of feedback about how excited people are.”
The event will also feature food and beverage vendors, games such as corn hole, as well as a mechanical bull.
About 1,500 tickets have been purchased so far. Ross said the Chamber is hoping to make the event annual if this year is successful.
“I believe it has a huge potential for growth,” she said. “I think the opportunity is definitely there to bring it back and make it bigger.”
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