PRESS RELEASE from Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee
Thursday, July 27, 2012 
Suzi Emmerling

Charlotte in 2012 Releases New CarolinaFest 2012 Details
Charlotte, N.C. – Today, the Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee released the following new details about CarolinaFest 2012, the 2012 Democratic National Convention-week kickoff event.
CarolinaFest is a free family friendly Labor Day Celebration that will occur in Uptown Charlotte and will feature interactive expositions, family oriented activities, live music, speakers, and history in the making. The event will be held on Tryon Street in the heart of convention facilities. A map of activities can be viewed at
Charlotte is the first convention host city to have the opportunity to host a convention week kick-off event that invites tens of thousands of Americans – many of them from the Carolinas – to experience the convention.
  • Free and Open: CarolinaFest 2012 is open to the public and not ticketed. Those interested in receiving updates regarding talent and programming should sign up for our email list at
  • Honoring Labor: On this Labor Day, as American families gather to celebrate and honor the working families who are the backbone of our economy, CarolinaFest will give organized labor the opportunity to highlight products and services created by American workers.
  • Hours: CarolinaFest 2012 begins at 10 a.m. with the Charlotte Labor Day Parade. Stage programming will begin at noon to coincide with the conclusion of the parade, which ends in uptown Charlotte and will conclude at approximately 6:15 p.m.
  • Location: CarolinaFest 2012 will run along Tryon Street from Stonewall to Trade Streets. Public entry points will exist at the intersection of Stonewall and Tryon and east and west of Tryon on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 3rd Street, 4th Street, and Trade Street. CarolinaFest activities and expositions will also take place on The Green at 400 South Tryon Street and the parking lot between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Stonewall Street.
  • Stages: CarolinaFest 2012 will feature two stages. The Main Stage will be located at Trade and Tryon Streets and feature national talent and a speaking program. The Carolina Stage will be located on the Levine Avenue of the Arts and feature regional talent and a speaking program. Talent and speakers will be announced in the weeks ahead.
  • Youth Activities on the Green: CarolinaFest 2012 is a family friendly event that will include a wide variety of activities geared to all ages of youth that include games, interactive exhibits, arts & crafts, fitness and healthy eating activities, and ways that youth can explore the Mayor’s four legacy areas. We will also bring back some of our most popular activities, such as the successful “Kids Convention” that taught youth about the democratic process of a nominating convention and encouraged civic engagement. 
  • Legacy Village: The Legacy Village will be located adjacent to the Harvey B. Gantt Center and will highlight community efforts to support Mayor Foxx’s Legacy Projects. It will be home to exciting and engaging exhibits and provide festivalgoers an opportunity to see firsthand the great work that being done in support of the Mayor’s Legacies. It is our goal is for festivalgoers to be drawn in and entertained by these organizations, learn of their story while engaging in the interactive exhibits, be inspired to take steps to become involved in their communities, and carry these legacies forward. The four convention legacy programs are; Healthy Children, Healthy Families; Youth Employment and Civic Education; Building a Broader, More Inclusive Economy; and Energy, Technology, and Sustainability.
  • Museums: In an effort to provide a taste of Charlotte’s spectrum of artistic and cultural experiences, the museums that fall within CarolinaFest – the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Gantt Center, and the Mint Museum – will be open to festivalgoers free of charge. Other Uptown museums will also provide discounted admission on Labor Day. Discovery Place and NASCAR Hall of Fame admission will be half price and The Levine Museum of the New South admission will be $5.
  • Food Vendors: A section of Tryon Street will be devoted to give festivalgoers an opportunity to sample a diverse selection of local food vendors. 
The Democratic National Convention will bring the attention of the nation and the world to our city and region. CarolinaFest 2012 provides an outstanding opportunity to showcase our region to visitors and give local residents an opportunity to participate in the convention.
The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established by the city of Charlotte to fulfill obligations of the master contract with the Democratic National Convention Committee. In addition to those obligations, Charlotte in 2012 works to engage the citizens of Charlotte and the Carolinas through business and civic opportunities, ensure that the Convention leaves a positive lasting legacy, and tell Charlotte and the region's story to the nation and the world. For more information, visit us online at

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Presidential Candidate Gary Bauer congratulated Governor Scott Walker for his win in Wisconsin's recall election, calling it "another sign that taxpayers will award office holders ready to do the hard work of reigning in out-of-control government spending."

Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families,  made the following statement:

"I congratulate Governor Scott Walker for his hard-fought victory tonight, and most especially for having the courage of his convictions to fight the good fight. But the victory in Wisconsin is not Scott Walker's alone.  It is a victory for the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin, who foot the bill year after year.  It is a victory for common sense over powerful special interests.  It is a victory that taxpayers in every state can celebrate.  It is a victory, yes, even for some union members.

"Since Gov. Walker's reforms were enacted, tens of thousands of state employees have opted to keep more of the money they earn rather than let the public employees union siphon off their hard-earned dollars.  In other words, once given the choice, more than half of the public employees union's members decided that they didn't need the union.  These reforms will pay real dividends for the taxpayers of Wisconsin.  They are the real winners tonight.

"The recall election is a sign of good things to come.  The power of the Big Labor bosses has finally been checked, not just in Wisconsin, but also in scores of other states across the country.  More governors, legislators and taxpayers will be inspired to stand up against the liberal labor unions and do what is truly in the best interests of their communities.  Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes are now in play, and the anti-tax, small government movement that swept the country in 2010 is about to sweep Barack Obama out of office in 154 days!"

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