Some estimates are at 25,000, others say 60,000 people attended the Palin Victory Rally at the Villages in Central Florida Sunday. It was a large and enthusiastic crowd.
We left home about 6:30 Sunday morning, arriving there at the event site about 8:45. After parking in an open field, we walked quite a distance and took our place in an already forming line to stake out our place. And then we waited. It was an outdoor event with no place to sit unless on the curb or maybe a few benches were available. But nobody wanted to lose their place so mostly we just stood.
Finally about 1:30, they began letting people inside the barricades, through the metal detectors and security, and into the stage area. Taking our place at the front of the entrance lane where they would be making their way to the microphones, we held out until Sarah, Todd, Willow, Piper, and Trig appeared.
It was really exciting to be a part of this. From 8:45 until her arrival time of 4:30, we met lots of nice people. But it was hot and getting hotter. Some succumbed to the heat and had to be revived by medics who were right there when needed. Almost unbelievable that many people would be waiting it out there in that heat, but I didn’t see anybody leaving. In fact, at about 4:00 with thousands of people already there, it was announced that the cars were backed up to the highway with others still trying to get in. And the highway was a long ways out! All told, it was really something to see votes for McCain/Palin for as far as the eye could see!
Maybe I’ll have some more pictures a little later when we figure out how to get them downloaded/uploaded. 🙂
Okay. Here they are:
Posted: 09.22.08 Pictures added 09.22.08 @5:52 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. – Thank you, Linda!