Here is an example of a Tea Party group (Muskegon Tea Party) expanding their presence by having a booth at a local, non-Tea Party event.
Regardless of any outcome, the initiative was worthy in that it sought to:
1.) Increase awareness and inform in a local, non-Tea Party environment
2.) Bring in new participants
3.) Try new ways to expand presence, grow the organization, and generally get out and mix things up a bit.
Reaching out at a youth fair was an interesting approach from a couple of standpoint.
Picking a few choice venues may be worth a thought for other Tea Party groups in order to keep momentum rolling.
Below is a link to the Muskegon Tea Party web site and a brief recap of the event in their own words:http://muskegonpatriots.ning.com/photo/albums/2010-fair-booth
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Comment by url"">Robert A Carr
on August 1, 2010 at 8:59am
The Muskegon County Youth Fair is now over. The Muskegon Tea Party made
it's pressence know over the 5 days of the Fair. Our booth featured free 5 oz. cups of Tea Partry Tea and candy for the kids.
We were set up to be inbetween the Republican and Democrat booths. We set up the nite we and most everyone else did, t...he rule book called it set up night. Guess that was too complicated for the Dems. They came 3 days late and set up across from us. Not next to us as the planners planned. LOL. Hey its a free country.
We did pretty good at the booth in my opinion. About 20 people signed and puit down their emails, and we gave out our 1/4 sheet flyers to many more. If you think that isn't many, the Republican tent in which I helped out only had 1 new signup.
I'd like to give a big Thank You from the Muskegon Tea Party to all those who volunteered to help. From set up to making tea to manning the booth. A Special thanks to the Jagers and Voights who came multiple days and multiple hours. Also volunteering their time manning the booth were Joan, Amanda, Chris, John,Dave and Jerry. Also a big thanks to Susan who helped set up the booth and organize it the first day. She also made and decorated four large display signs which made our booth an interesting place.
Thanks to Eric who had to be out of town for buying the Tent.
Regards, Bob Carr
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