The annual Blue Jamboree, described as “one of the biggest, bluest rallies in the state,” is set for October 5 at The Bend in North Charleston. With over 2,000 tickets already sold and an anticipated attendance of over 3,000 people, the Blue Jamboree is expected to be the largest gathering of South Carolina Democratic voters and activists this primary season.
Confirmed speakers for the event include Headliner Sponsor Senator Kamala Harris, Secretary Julián Castro, Governor Steve Bullock, Mr. Andrew Yang, Mr. Tom Steyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn and Congressman Joe Cunningham. Other candidates who have sponsored the event and are expected to confirm their participation include Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Tulsi Gabbard.
“We are thrilled to welcome this amazing field of candidates to the Lowcountry” said Charleston County Democratic Party Chair Colleen Condon, adding that the backdrop of the Ashley River and the surrounding marsh really highlight what is at stake for South Carolina voters in 2020. “I can’t think of a better place to bring together all these amazing candidates. It really shines a spotlight on the priceless natural resources we have here in South Carolina and the urgency of electing leaders like Congressman Cunningham and a Democratic president to protect them.”
The move to The Bend also allows the event to grow into an all-day event with a fleet of food trucks and a large family activity area featuring everything from face painting to mini golf. “This year is going to have bouncy castles and live music and an entire village of campaigns and vendors,” said this year’s event organizer, CCDP Executive Director Rob Daniel. “When you go from having three presidential candidates in 2015 to having over a dozen national figures on that stage, you really have to scale things up to make sure people are having a great time all day long.”
Blue Jamboree Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Vinson noted that there are already over 150 people signed up to help with everything from ticket sales to counting the black-eyed peas for the first-ever Palmetto Poll. “They do corn kernels in Iowa, but we wanted something a little more Lowcountry for our first-ever Palmetto Poll,” said Condon. “This is really the best chance our voters are going to have to see this diverse field of candidates in one spot and that’s why it has become a can’t-miss event for candidates looking for a win in South Carolina.”
Tickets for the event are still available at the early bird rate of $20 through September 25 at charlestondemocrats.com/bluejam. Admission will be limited this year due to parking constraints, so attendees are urged to get their tickets soon before they sell out. The newly-built Pavilion will be provided to local and national media for on-site interviews and live coverage of the event.