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We’re getting closer, Osceola. Country Thunder is rolling in.

The countdown has begun for the country music festival expected to take Osceola Heritage Park, as we mark our calendars for March 22-24.

ABOUT COUNTRY THUNDER

In case this is your first time reading about the festival, allow us to catch you up. 

Country Thunder is one of the premiere country music festivals, with 23 years of experience under its belt. The outdoor, weekend festival is a party of food, drinks and, of course, live country music by some of the genre’s biggest stars.

Past performers include big names like Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.

The traveling festival makes its way across North America, from Arizona and Wisconsin (United States), to Alberta and Saskatchewan (Canada).  

For the first time ever, it will make a stop in Florida — right here in Kissimmee.

“Florida is somewhere that we have wanted to be for a long time,” said Gerry Krochak, director of marketing and media for Country Thunder Music Festivals, told the Osceola News-Gazette. “The amazing venue of Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, combined with such a huge country music audience in central Florida will make this event special for years to come.”

THE LINEUP

If you’re a country fan, there’s no doubt you’ll be a fan of this lineup. The News-Gazette has shared bits and pieces of the lineup as announcements of new names were made, but the full lineup is out.

See who’s coming to town —

Friday, March 22

• Noah Schnacky (3:30 p.m.)

• Jimmie Allen (5:00 p.m.)

• High Valley (6:30 p.m.)

• Chris Lane (8:00 p.m.)

• Toby Keith (10:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 23

• Jameson Rodgers (2:00 p.m.)

• Waterloo Revival (3:30 p.m.)

• Restless Heart (5:00 p.m.)

• Maddie and Tae (6:30 p.m.)

• Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr. (8:00 p.m.)

• Luke Combs (10:00 p.m.)

Sunday, March 24

• Runaway June (2:30 p.m.)

• Mitchell Tenpenny (4:00 p.m.)

• Lanco (5:30 p.m.)

• Tracy Lawrence (7:00 p.m.)

• Luke Bryan (9:00 p.m.)

ADMISSION

There are several ways to play during Country Thunder weekend. The three-day festival offers single-day and platinum single-day packages, so you can pick your favorite day of performances. Or you can hang out all weekend long with weekend and weekend (reserved seating) packages. Garden party admission is also available.

If you’re ready to commit yourself for the full weekend, check out the festival’s camping opportunities. On-site camping is available starting at $165. Glamping (hotel) accommodations are also available.  

Admission may be purchased online at CountryThunder.com, or by phone by calling 1-866-388-0007.

WANT MORE?

For more information about Country Thunder, visit CountryThunder.com. To stay up to date, follow @CountryThunder on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW

For the first time ever, a country music festival will take place simultaneously as a rodeo.

The RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo will happen during the same weekend as County Thunder. This tournament-style competition event challenges athletes from all 12 circuits to compete in the preliminary rounds of the rodeo. As contestants advance, event winners receive a $20,000 voucher for a new RAM vehicle, a Polaris RANGER UTV, a pair of exotic boots from Justin Boots, trophy saddle from Cactus Saddlery and a Montana Silversmith buckle, in addition to their winnings.