'Ron Paul Festival' Could Bring 100k Supporters to GOP Convention

Ron Paul Festival could disrupt the GOP convention.

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Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speaks during a campaign rally at the Grand Sierra Hotel in Reno, Nevada.

More details are emerging about the plans of Ron Paul supporters to stage a special "Ron Paul Festival" leading up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.

The festival is to feature speeches, rallies, and entertainment for the three days immediately prior to the opening of the GOP convention. Organizers say they expect up to 100,000 people to attend.

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The event is to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, not far from the convention site in Tampa.

Organizers also say that they expect an appearance by Paul, the lone remaining challenger to Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination, and possibly his son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, if the crowd at the festival is sufficiently large.

Some Republican party officials and Romney supporters are concerned that the festival might be a prelude to demonstrations on the streets and protests on the convention floor by disappointed Paul backers who don't support Romney as the presumptive nominee.

But festival organizer Bryan Siemon told Business Insider, "Hopefully, the festival is where they'll get all of the yelling and screaming out," so by the time they get to the convention, they will heed Paul's call for civility and respect for their political adversaries.

Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" and is the author of "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at kwalsh@usnews and on Facebook and Twitter.

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