Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s “Patriots in the Park” event at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Van Buren Township.
Palin confirmed on Monday that she would attend, said Dennis Moore, director of the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus, which is sponsoring the event with Americans for Prosperity.
The event starts at noon and runs to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but parking is $5 per car. Proceeds will go to the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund.
Master of Ceremonies will be Thayrone X, the popular radio talk show host on WAAM, Ann Arbor.
Michigan Senator Patrick Colbeck, Dennis Moore, and Art Metcalf will give a three-part Patriot Tribute.
Other scheduled speakers are Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, Union Conservatives founder Terry Bowman, leaders from Americans for Prosperity and Tea Party members, including the Rev. Levon Yuille, Scott Hagerstrom, Dr. David Janda, Lynn Phillips, and Daniel Benefiel.
Palin, 48, is politician, commentator and author. As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election, she was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major party and first Republican woman nominated for the vice presidency.
According to Wikipedia information, Palin’s book Going Rogue has sold more than two million copies. Since January 2010, she has provided political commentary for Fox News, and hosted a television show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Five million viewers tuned in for the first episode, a record for The Learning Channel.
Palin was elected to Wasilla City Council in 1992 and became mayor of Wasilla in 1996. In 2003, after an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor, she was appointed Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, responsible for overseeing the state’s oil and gas fields for safety and efficiency.
The youngest person and first woman to be elected Governor of Alaska, Palin held the office from December 2006 until her resignation in July 2009. She has since endorsed and campaigned for the Tea Party movement, as well as several candidates in the 2010 midterm elections.
From the time of her Vice Presidential nomination in 2008, Palin was considered a potential candidate for the 2012 presidential election until she announced in October 2011 that she would not run.
Willow Run Tea Party Caucus secretary Denise Schlotz said there will be a number of tables available Saturday for tea party groups, candidates, and event-related sales. Cost per table is $100, with all the proceeds from the tables going to the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, a Michigan charity helping Michigan soldiers and their families.
For more information call Schlotz at (734) 434-2960 or email her at DCSchlotz@comcast.net .