Fairgrounds Workers Prepare for VP Candidate Arrival

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va --- There is a lot of preparation to be completed before Republican Presidential Candidate arrives in Rockingham County on Friday and those preparations involve a lot of people.

The biggest step is putting the stage together and that was what crews worked on all Wednesday. Workers at the fairgrounds are doing all they can to make sure everything looks great for Friday afternoon. Crews at are cleaning the grounds ahead of Paul Ryan's campaign stop on Friday.

Organizers of the event chose the fairgrounds because Paul Ryan's speech is on agriculture, so there will be cornfields and silos in the background.

The fair association is expecting a big crowd.

"Several thousand. That's what we've been told to expect, several thousand people," said Jeff Ishee, general manager for the Rockingham County Fair Association.

He said it takes a lot of manpower to put something like this together.

"We've got electricians. We've got staging, lighting. We've got Secret Service. We've got all the different components, have to come together and work together to make an event like this successful."

Rockingham County Sheriff's Office is working to help the rally be successful. Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said he does not expect any interruptions, but tells me his deputies are prepared.

"If you're going there to disrupt it, then you're going to be a problem we have to solve," said Hutcheson.

So far, no problems have occurred at the fairgrounds, which will soon be in the national spotlight. Workers at the fairgrounds say this national attention an honor.

"Momentarily, the eyes of the nation will be on the Rockingham County Fairground to see what Congressman Ryan has to say," said Ishee.

Workers at the fairgrounds said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may attend the rally, depending on his schedule.

After Paul Ryan wraps up the rally in Harrisonburg, he will leave for Roanoke.

We've been told there is an unlimited number of tickets available. You can request tickets online here: Paul Ryan Victory Rally in Harrisonburg Tickets

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