2004 Liberty Fest
Held at the Hampton Inn Suites. Okemos. 2200 Hampton Place, Okemos, MI
- Tim Beck
- Stuart Ruley
- Jamie Lewis
The annual Liberty Fest banquet on November 13, 2004 began with a cash bar social hour at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Okemos. Sponsored by the Capital Area Libertarian Party, the event was opened by a town crier in colonial garb with a clanging bell exclaiming “Here ye, hear ye”, followed by a humorous proclamation direct from “King George the W” of Washington.
Libertarians came from as far away as Indiana and Ohio to attend the banquet, which was a full house. The following Monday a nice write-up appeared in the MSU State News (45,000 readers) titled “Libertarians celebrate awareness, progress”. Winners of the traditional raffle took home antiqued copies of the original Constitution, “Liberty Works” mugs, and some notes from the federal reserve.
Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik delivered the keynote address, fresh off the campaign trail. Author of a book on the U.S. Constitution titled “It’s Good to be King”, he also presented a constitutional integrity seminar on Sunday at the same location. The seminar was also well attended, with twenty-seven students paying for the privilege of Mr. Badnarik’s insightful tutoring. Included in the fee was an autographed copy of his book.