POLITICS
07/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tea Party 'Woodstock': Movement Plans Midwest Gathering On 9/11 Anniversary

It's "love free" meets "free love" -- the Tea Party is organizing their own version of "Woodstock."

The Des Moines Register reports:

An event described as the "Woodstock" of tea parties is planned for Sept. 11 at the Monona County Fairgrounds in Onawa in western Iowa.

What will 1969's Music and Arts Fair at Bethel, New York and this modern day gathering of conservative activists have in common? There will be people, and there will be music. That's where the similarities end.

According to the Register:

Craig Halverson of Griswold, who is helping to organize the event, said supporters hope to attract at least 1,000 people from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and other states. He said they are inviting prominent conservative speakers and plan to have bands perform patriotic music.

While the Woodstock Festival boasted nearly half a million attendees coming together to celebrate good vibes and some of the era's most popular musical artists, Halverson says his convention will have a "take back our country" theme, and, though the event falls on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he doesn't anticipate there being much reflection on those events.