2014 Wisconsin Love Fest @ UW-Eau Claire
Dates: 2/8/2014 - 2/9/2014

Wisconsin Love Fest

Sponsored by

UW-Eau Claire and Ripon College


 January 1, 2014      


 Dear Colleague,


The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Ripon College cordially invite you to the Wisconsin Love Fest.  The Grace Walsh Individual Events Tournament (affectionately called the G.W.I.E.T.), hosted by UW-Eau Claire, will be held on Saturday, February 8.  Ripon will host the Red Hawk Invitational on Sunday, February 9.  Both tournaments will be held on the UWEC campus in Eau Claire.  To celebrate Valentine’s Day, your team can participate in many “love” activities.  We will have karaoke at the Holiday Inn on Saturday Night.   We will crown a “Love King” and “Love Queen” for the tournament.  All of the proceeds from our love festivities will go to the Bolton Refuge House.


Both tournaments will offer two preliminary rounds and finals in all AFA events.  The only exception is that we will be using impromptu prompts in accordance with the NFA impromptu description.  Awards will be given to finalists in each event and to the top five teams.  Team sweepstakes and quadrathon awards for the swing as a whole will also be awarded on Sunday.


We will once again use Joy Of Tournaments to schedule and tab our tournament this year.  Simply go to http://joyoftournaments.com/ to register.


And, as always, UWEC will continue their traditional GRACE WALSH AWARD -- be sure to read and complete the special insert attached to this invitation.


We would love to have you join us for “Love Fest.”  For the love of forensics, come join us in Wisconsin, where the weather is cold, but the people are warm.


See you in February,                              

Karen, Kelly Jo, Deano, and Matt


Wisconsin Love Fest

UW-Eau Claire and Ripon College
February 8 & 9, 2014

Entry Information:  A Quick Overview
Deadline for entries:  Tuesday, February 4, 5:00 P.M.  CST
NO Entries will be accepted after this date.
Fees are assessed on Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 noon CST
Drops made after this time will be charged a drop fee 


            Go to:  http://joyoftournaments.com/


2014 Tournament Schedule

                           Saturday, February 8, 2014 (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

8:00 am              Registration and Breakfast (Davies Student Center—3rd floor)
8:30 am              Extemp Draw
9:00 am              Round I A
10:15 am            Extemp Draw
10:45 am            Round II A
12:00 pm            Lunch Break   
12:45 pm            Round I B
2:00 pm              Round II B
3:15 pm              Extemp Draw for Finals
3:45 pm              Finals A
5:15 pm              Finals B
6:45 pm              Awards
9:00 pm              Karaoke at the Clarion Hotel Campus Area

                           Sunday, February 9, 2014 (Ripon College)

7:30 am              Registration and Breakfast (Davies Student Center—3rd floor)
8:00 am              Extemp Draw
8:30 am              Round I A
9:45 am              Extemp Draw
10:15 am            Round II A
11:30 am            Lunch Break
12:15 pm            Round I B
1:30 pm              Round II B
2:45 pm              Extemp Draw for Finals
3:15 pm              Finals A          
4:45 pm             Finals B
6:30 pm             Awards
    ** On Sunday….we will attempt to collapse finals into one pattern if sufficient judges are available. 


Entry Information: A Quick Overview

Deadline for entries: Tuesday, February 4, 5:00 P.M. CST
NO Entries will be accepted after this date.
Fees are assessed on Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 noon CST
Drops made after this time will be charged a drop fee.


Go to: http://joyoftournaments.com/

PATTERN A: Extemp, Persuasion, After-Dinner, Poetry, POI, Duo

PATTERN B: Impromptu, Informative, Prose, CA, Drama

**Rules for all Individual Events are consistent with AFA rule descriptions with the exception of Impromptu Speaking. We will be using the following prompts for the tournaments:


GWIET (Sat) —Prelim 1-quotation, Prelim 2—object, and

Final-Rhetorical Situation


Red Hawk (Sun) —Prelim 1-quotation, Prelim 2-cartoon, and Final-Ethical Dilemma 

ENTRIES: Event entries per team are unlimited, though teams entering large numbers in certain events might anticipate competing against teammates in prelims. Students may enter no more than THREE events per bracket.

AWARDS: Awards will be presented to finalists in all events. Team sweepstakes awards will be given to the top five schools. Sweepstakes points will be given for points accumulated in final rounds only. Quadrathon awards will be given to the top five students. A student may enter quadrathon by entering any combination of four events.

FEES: Fees are $8.00 per entry. Each judge will cover six (6) slots. Uncovered slots are $10.00 each. Entry Fees will be assessed as of Wednesday, February 5 at 12:00 noon. Drops made after noon on February 5 will be assessed $5.00 per dropped slot. Drops made at registration will be assessed $10.00 fee per slot and $50.00 per dropped judge. Please make checks for UWEC payable to Pi Kappa Delta, and checks for Ripon payable to Ripon College Forensics.

QUESTIONS: For questions regarding the Wisconsin Love Fest, contact Karen Morris at (715) 836-3305 or e-mail at morriskr@uwec.edu. For questions regarding the Red Hawk Invitational, contact Deano Pape at (920) 229-8233 or paped@ripon.edu.


 ACCOMMODATIONS: Most of the hotels are all in the same area and within walking distance from each other.

Clarion Hotel – Campus Area (formerly Holiday Inn) 
Official Love Fest Hotel
2703 Craig Rd.
(715) 835-2211
• Ask for special rates for LOVEFEST. 
• 70.00 single and 79.00 for 2-4 persons
• Tax Exemption is available for Wisconsin Schools and Out of State Private Schools but not Out of State Public Schools

Days Inn West
6319 Truax Lane
Eau Claire, WI 54703
(715) 874-5550
(800) 950-4850
Fax: (715) 874-6101

Hampton Inn
2622 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 833-0003
Fax: (715) 833-0915

Comfort Inn of Eau Claire
3117 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 833-9798
Fax: (715) 833-9798

Other Area Hotels:
Days Inn (715) 835-2242 or (800) 528-1234 
Exel Inn (715) 834-3193
Quality Inn (715) 834-6611 or (800) 228-5151
Plaza Hotel (715) 834-3181 or (800) 482-7829
Best Western Trail Lodge (715) 838-9989

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