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Ron Paul supporters now working on two pre-RNC festivals

14

June

There are now two groups of Ron Paul supporters working to organize big festivals just before the Republican National Convention.

Paul Festival 2012 is being planned for the Florida State Fairgrounds to celebrate Paul's life, philosophy and service.

Thirty-five miles to the east on Interstate 4, Freedom Festival 2012 is being planned for Fantasy of Flight in Polk County. There the main focus is expected to be less on Paul himself and more on the U.S. Constitution.

Both would take place from Aug. 24 through 26, ending just before the convention starts, and organizers of each expect tens of thousands of people.

But — a caveat here — as of Wednesday, neither the fairgrounds nor Fantasy of Flight had independently confirmed booking either festival.

Moreover, convention spokesman James Davis said late Wednesday that the fairgrounds, which the convention controls as one of 73 official venues for RNC events, had not been assigned yet.

Still, Paul Festival organizer Deborah Robinet of Southern California said her nonprofit group, Liberty Unleashed, has a contract signed by a representative of the fairgrounds, and plans are moving forward.

Full story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:13am]

    

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