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Ron Paul Still Isn't Sure If He's Going To His Own Republican Convention Festival

•, Grace Wyler
 The Republican National Committee finally gave in to Ron Paul's fanatical supporters this week, signing off on a three-day festival that will fête the septuagenarian congressman in the days leading up to the party's national convention in Tampa this August.

Paul Festivalorganizer Bryan Siemon told Business Insider that the event team signed a contract Tuesday to host the event at the Florida State Fairgrounds from Aug. 14 to Aug. 26, wrapping up weeks of uncertainty over the fate of PaulFest. The Fairgrounds are one of 73 official venues that the RNC reserved for the convention.

Organizers had been working out the final details of a deal with the Fairgrounds last month, when the RNC pulled the plug, saying that the party needed more time to decide who could use the convention venues. Unsurprisingly, Ron Paul fans email-bombed and media-blitzed the party, and the RNC ultimately relented when event organizers threatened to move the festival — and all the Ron Paul revenue — to Orlando.

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