Politics & Government

Tea party is going to Kansas City for rally

A coalition of national tea party groups is planning a weekend political rally at The Woodlands racetrack this fall that could bring tens of thousands of people to the area.

The Freedom Jamboree will begin Sept. 30, although gates will open for campers and tailgaters two days earlier. Organizers said the event will include speeches, music and fireworks.

The event will climax with a presidential straw poll on Oct. 1.

“Freedom Jamboree is the national tea party event of 2011,” said William Temple of Brunswick, Ga., one of the organizers at a Tuesday news conference to announce details of the event. “We’re not going back to D.C. this year, we’re coming here to K.C.”

Temple said admittance to the event will be free and as many as 300,000 people might attend.

The coalition isn’t directly affiliated with better-known tea party groups such as FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, or the Tea Party Express. Those groups and others have been invited to the event.

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