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What do you want to see at the DNC’s speedway party in September?

Posted on 27 Jan 2012 by Paige Gentry

With a shortened 3-day convention, it’s anyone’s guess what the preceding public festival at Charlotte Motor Speedway will actually look like.

The DNC wants this event to be a time for locals and visitors alike to experience our region from a fresh perspective.

Says Kathleen Purvis in the Observer:

It will be free, it will be big and it will showcase Charlotte, North Carolina and the entire South.

Other than that, everything is on the table.

So far there are a lot of ideas, but nothing yet is set in stone.

Could Barack Obama race the Republican nominee around track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway?

That’s one of the suggestions the Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee has heard for the party at the speedway the day before the Democratic National Convention. (…)

One reason they may be struggling is the sheer number of possibilities. We are talking about the speedway here: Four tracks, including the main 1.5-mile oval, the luxury Speedway Club and “the planet’s largest” HDTV screen, at 16,000 square feet.

What would you like to see for a party in Charlotte for the DNC?


  1. Junaita 21 Feb 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Will there be oppurtunities for individual small business to sale their products at the fair? (for a small vendors fee) A good way to raise money for the speedway or convention

  2. Mandy 13 Aug 2012 at 12:42 AM

    How about a charity walk around the big track? Just a small amount $2 or $5 for a walk, not drive around the big track. It can highlight Michelle Obama’s get fit message. If they preregister for it, maybe 10 lucky people could win a walk with a democratic famous person. Get the local hospitals etc to pay for advetisement/ encouragement arches of ballons and/or other decorations at at the quarter mile markers. Something temporary that can be taken down easily when other events need the area later in the day.

    Invite Boy and Girl Scouts to do some flag waving or lead off in a pledge of alligance type thing each morning.

    Tons of businesses took the time to apply to be in the DNC vendor database; take a look at them and see if they are interested in creating a local business vendor fair to highlight services that they offer to the area. The fees for a booth or table can be used to sponsor more of the free to the public events.

    Set up prominent voter registration booths at the entrances/ high traffic areas.