Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Unveils Air Force One Fuselage Replica and Additional Details for PoliticalFest

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today unveiled a replica of the Air Force One fuselage that will be one of the attractions for PoliticalFest. It will be located inside Hall F of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The fuselage is a replica of part of the Air Force Once plane used by Presidents Kennedy through Reagan; it is outfitted specifically to match the interior of the plane used by President Reagan.

The Host Committee announced a special group discount for PoliticalFest tickets. For adult groups of 10 or more, tickets are available to group members for $10 per person. For groups of 10 or more students, seniors, or children, tickets are available to group members for $4 per person. Group rate tickets can be purchased here.

“We are excited to host PoliticalFest for Philadelphians, delegates and members of the media to learn about the democratic process and American history in a unique, fun and interactive way,” said former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Chair Ed Rendell. “There will be so much to see and do across all participating PoliticalFest locations, and I encourage the public to make sure to spend some time watching and participating in PoliticalFest Main Stage, which is going to be a big crowd-pleaser.”

The Host Committee also provided additional details for PoliticalFest Main Stage, a series of interactive trivia games, discussions and more, which will take place during PoliticalFest. PoliticalFest Main Stage will be located at the National Constitution Center, the hub of PoliticalFest.

PoliticalFest Main Stage will be comprised of two game shows, PoliticalFeud and PoliticalTrivia, an interview series called “Executive Powers: Celebrity Q&A,” and the screening of several famous speeches made by American leaders. All PoliticalFest guests will be able to attend PoliticalFest Main Stage events as part of their general admission ticket, and members of the public will be able to participate in PoliticalFeud. In order to participate, additional tickets must be reserved in advance of the desired participation time. Tickets to participate as well as tickets for priority seating at any of the Main Stage events, can be reserved at There is no cost to participate in or attend Main Stage, beyond the fee of a general admission PoliticalFest ticket.

PoliticalFeud will be hosted by Doug Oliver, Vice President of External Affairs for Philadelphia Gas Works, and will include a special edition featuring local celebrities like former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode; 6ABC anchors Monica Malpass, Matt O’Donnell, and Tamela Edwards; Councilmember Maria Quinones-Sanchez; and former City Comptroller Jonathan Saidel.

PoliticalTrivia will be hosted by former NFL defensive back Beasley Reece. There will be several editions of PoliticalTrivia that will feature government officials and members of the media, including:

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the United States Congress;
  • Members of the Pennsylvania Senate vs. Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives;
  • Democratic Attorneys General vs. Democratic Governors;
  • Media tournament featuring representatives from the following outlets:
    • Huffington Post
    • Buzzfeed
    • Politico
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • Roll Call
    • USA Today
    • The Hill
    • Bloomberg TV

“Executive Powers: Celebrity Q&A,” will be a special interview series with actors who portrayed the President or someone who worked alongside the President in a move or television show. The interviews will be conducted by Melissa Fitzgerald, who portrayed Carol Fitzpatrick on The West Wing, and will feature a number of celebrities including Tony Goldwyn from Scandal.

“I’m very excited to join PoliticalFest at the DNC,” said Goldwyn, an actor, director, and producer. “It’s going to be a great week in this historic city during this historic election.”

PoliticalFest Main Stage will also offer a special West Wing trivia game, hosted be Hrishikesh Hirway of “The West Wing Weekly” podcast. Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler, and Melissa Fitzgerald will compete against each other, answering West Wing-themed questions, to show who knows more about the show. Members of the public will also be able to participate in this trivia game.

PoliticalFest will take place July 22nd-27th at seven different locations throughout the city. More information about each location can be found here.

The Democratic National Convention will take place July 25-28th in Philadelphia.


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