After posting last nights blog, the family and I listened to a rebroadcast of Free Talk Live, the liberty oriented radio program coming over the internet from Keene, NH (http://www.freetalklive.com/). During the program, a person from Michigan called in from the road. His name was Kurt. He and his wife were driving from Michigan straight to Lancaster, NH for the Porcupine Fest. A trip of 18 hours. Once the show concluded, we went to the local store to get additional supplies. While working my way through aisle one, I heard a voice say "Nice t-shirt". I had on my Ron Paul Revolution tee on at the time. I turned to the voice and found that he had on the Porc Fest 2008 T-shirt which was my first Porc Fest. "Back at yah!" I said and introduced myself. The tall gentleman replied that his name was Kurt and he was from Michigan! It turned out that he just pulled in from the road and was buying supplies for the week. He came with his concert ready sound equipment to be used by the musical acts playing at the festival. Soon his wife and Maria joined the conversation. Not long after, another Free Stater joined the discussion. For the next half hour we stood and talked about our respective states, the problems confronting each, and our hopes for liberty in our lifetime. Finally, our little gathering ended with handshakes and promises to talk again.
Today, we worked on the display for the VTC4L Tent, grilled up some wicked steaks, and took a couple of walks around the campground. My daughter and my niece both volunteered to help with the preparation for the Porcupine Fest and seemed quite excited by the behind the scenes activity they were involved in.
This evening, during our walk around the campground, we ran across a couple from Louisiana who was just setting up there tents. They had driven over two days to get here and were excited by the coming gala. They had brought along some tie-dye t-shirts and others odds and ends to sell. Their tent site was located next to the site of VTC4L tent and they were pleased to hear about our coming movie nights.
License plates from all over the country: Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Missouri, and Texas have appeared at Roger's Campground. Impromptu restaurants, open air vendors, and even a raffle put on by an ammunition salesman have sprung up almost overnight. The list of activities scheduled for this years Porc Fest almost pales in comparison to the variety of "unofficial" stores, vendors, and exhibitors who have sprung up in the campground. It is not a stretch to say that this festival is a true representation of the diversity, spirit and self-organization of the liberty movement.
To learn more about what will be happening at this years Porc Fest check out their website at http://www.porcfest2010.com/