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FightingBobFestNorth 2013

After a great deal of discussion we have decided that there will be no FightingBobFestNorth in Chippewa Falls for 2013. We're sorry that this is going to be the case, but we encourage you to continue fighting the good fight in Northern Wisconsin.  We're not closing the door on BobFestNorth - but for the moment we're taking a year off.

Breaking - Mahlon Mitchell at FightingBobFest North!

Mahlon MitchellMahlon Mitchell has just agreed to be a speaker at FightingBobFest North. Mitchell is the Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor, and will speak in the afternoon session at FightingBobFest North..  We're happy to welcome Mahlon Mitchell to our roster of progressive speakers.

Live Streaming from FightingBobFest North

We will attempt to do some live streaming from FightingBobFest North. We can't make any promises, and this won't be a very good replacement for actually being there.

Free live streaming by Ustream

Booths at FightingBobFest North

As of today, these are the vendors and groups who will have boots at FightingBobFest North:


Center for Media and Dem. (PRWATCH)
Chippewa Valley Alternative Energy
Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union
Credo Super PAC
Cut From Plain Cloth
Democratic Party of Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire Counties
Eau Claire NORML
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
Fair Wisconsin
FightingBobFest North Merchandise
Greater West Central Area Labor Council
Heart of the Sky Fair Trade
JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)
Northern Sun
Organizing for America
Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI`
Progress Media
Rainbow Book Cooperative
Save the Hills Alliance
Sierra Club of WI - John Muir Chapter
Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate
The Purple Tree
Uppity Wisconsin/Netroots Wisconsin
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort - Education Fund
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Farmers Union
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG)
Writers Ink

John Nichols at FightingBobFest North

John Nichols delivers the last regular speech at FightingBobFest North last year.  This was a great crowd please, and a good example of the kind of thing you willl see this year.  John has just agreed to return to speak in 2012.

FightingBobFest North 2012

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March 25, 2012 Jim Dunning, (715) 839-0039

FightingBobFest North Returns to Chippewa Falls


(Chippewa Falls) – “We are the 99%” will be the theme for the 2012 FightingBobFest North as it returns to the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls on Saturday, May 19, 2012 for a full day of speakers, music and entertainment, along with artisan-style food and beverage. The public is welcome to attend this important organizing event! The event gates will open at 8:30 am.


“FightingBobFest North” follows a longstanding festival tradition held in Baraboo and Madison, WI that brings today’s best progressive speakers to the Midwest to inspire local people to speak and act on critical problems that endanger important democratic principles. Dave Zweifel, Editor Emeritus of the Cap Times says that Bobfest is “a perfect place to remember Fighting Bob [LaFollette], who specialized in speaking at fairgrounds and parks around the state, urging the people to take their democracy back from the special interests.” Ed Garvey, the founder of the original Fighting Bob Fest, adds, “During this momentous time in Wisconsin politics, the need for conversations and clarity about how money influences elections, campaigns, and government in our state is greater than ever.”

Ed Garvey, Mike McCabe, and Ruth Conniff at last year's FightingBobFest North

Another blast from the past at last year's FightingBobFest North - We'll be adding more videos over the next few weeks.

Save The Date!

FightingBobFestNorth 2012 -- May 19, 2012.  Watch this space for further announcements.  Another exciting possibility - a Netroots Wisconsin workshop day on May 20 - come to Chippewa Falls for a day of speeches and a day of workshops!

Chippewa Falls Newspaper covers FightingBobFestNorth 2011

Still, the crowd at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair grounds in Chippewa Falls was not taking it sitting down. They brought the energy of recent political protests in Madison and recall petition drives with them.

If there were a theme for this Fighting BobFest, it would be the ongoing battle of the common people, as the progressives see them, against the interests of corporations and the wealthy.

Speaker after speaker, and display table after display table, touched on some element of the issue.

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