by nathan oster
The Big Horn Basin Tea Party has landed Ted Nugent, the “Motor City Madmen” and one of the nation’s most outspoken proponents of first and second amendment rights, to be one of the featured speakers for its annual picnic planned for Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fallowfield Ranch near Emblem.
“We get the biggest and the best,” said Rob DiLorenzo, owner of the ranch and chairman of the Big Horn Basin Tea Party.
The theme of the picnic is “Restore Wyoming and the Nation” and in addition to Nugent, attendees will also hear from retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, who is a senior analyst for Fox News.
DiLorenzo said he initiated contact with Nugent, writing him a letter. Not long after, he said he received a phone call from the legendary rocker.
“He said, ‘I’ve heard about you guys and I think you’re doing a great job out there, but I don’t know if we can do this,’” said DiLorenzo. The reason: Nugent had a scheduling conflict. He was booked to perform Aug. 1 in Sheridan — and on the night of Aug. 2 in Tacoma, Wash.
It took a couple of days, but DiLorenzo got the logistical problems worked out.
Nugent is going to fly into Greybull and the South Big Horn County airport on Saturday morning. From there he’ll be escorted to the Tea Party picnic, where he’ll be from roughly noon until 2 p.m. Then it’s back to Greybull, over the mountain to Sheridan and onto a jet bound for Tacoma.
DiLorenzo said he’s excited about landing Nugent.
“I expect a message of liberty, freedom and Second Amendment rights,” he said. “Ted is excited about it. He said he wants to help us.”
Other themes of Nugent’s talk are expected to be “the incompetence of the current administration” and “the fact that the current powers that be within Wyoming want to make us another California or Colorado.”
The biography on Nugent’s website describes him as “a guitar shredding showman” who has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,400 “high octane concerts” around the globe.
“To millions of citizens,” the bio continues, “Nugent is the nation’s most outspoken proponent of our first and second amendment rights, conducting thousands of pro-gun, pro-freedom, pro-America interviews in major media worldwide. He has served continuously on the board of directors of the NRA since his initial election in 1995, where he consistently sets records for amassing the highest number of votes received by an individual board member.”
This will be the fourth Tea Party picnic in Emblem.
Last year’s drew approximately 400 people.
Gubernatorial candidates Cindy Hill and Taylor Haynes are among the candidates who have been invited and plan to attend. DiLorenzo said he expects most candidates for statewide office to be there.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and include hamburgers and hotdogs. Water or pop will be sold for $1. Seating is limited. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.
For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit bighornbasinteaparty.com.