Ron Paul-inspired Freedom Festival planned before Republican National Convention unravels
Freedom Festival is dead.
It never secured a contract to bring tens of thousands of people to Fantasy of Flight just before the Republican National Convention. It suspended ticket sales. Its spokesmen stopped returning calls.
And this week, its website started automatically redirecting visitors to the Liberty Avengers, a new group with plans for its own pre-RNC event.
The avengers include some of the same Ron Paul-inspired organizers who started with Paul Festival 2012 — still on track for three days of music and activism at the Florida State Fairgrounds — and who later moved on to Freedom Festival over differences with the Paul Festival team.
Now that Freedom Festival has fizzled, some activists have transferred their efforts to an event called Liberty Unplugged.
"We just really wanted something to happen this weekend, so we don't lose all the momentum that's been created," Liberty Avengers co-founder David Foster of Tallahassee said.