Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) are planning a confab of their own in the run-up to this summer’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Paul Festival, as the event has been dubbed, is expected to take place during the three days leading up to this summer’s GOP convention, from Aug. 24 to 26.
The slated venue is the Florida State Fairgrounds, and as many as 20,000 people per day are expected to attend, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which interviewed Paul supporters who are organizing the event.
The venue is about 10 miles away from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the site of the Republican National Convention.
Reports the Tampa Bay Times:
The festival’s entertainment is expected to include comedy acts, celebrity appearances, book signings, showings of documentaries on various issues, kids’ activities, vendors and live music from country and classic rock to grunge, punk and hip-hop.
(Organizer Deborah) Robinet said she couldn’t say who would be in that lineup, though it would not include singer Willie Nelson, who has spoken warmly of Paul but nonetheless sent his regrets.
Still, Robinet expects the variety to reflect a saying of the movement: “Diversity finds unity in the message of freedom.”
According to the organizers, logistics for the event are being spearheaded separately from the Paul campaign by a group called Liberty Unleashed.
Paul spokesman Gary Howard said that the Texas congressman currently has no plans to attend the event.