Schools close for major Trump rally in tiny N.C. town as Clinton reschedules in Chapel Hill

by WorldTribune Staff, September 20, 2016

Kenansville, North Carolina – population 855 – is preparing for what it likely to be the town’s biggest event ever, an appearance on Sept. 20 by the GOP presidential candidate.

Donald Trump will hold a rally at the Duplin County Events Center where he is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m.

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 19. /ABC News
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 19. /ABC News

Duplin County Schools announced on Sept. 19 they would be closing at noon on Sept. 20 in anticipation of Trump’s visit.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton campaign officials said that a Sept. 20 fundraiser in Chapel Hill was postponed.

The Clinton event was billed as “lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton” and had four donation levels for those wishing to attend: $100,000, which featured “chair reception with Hillary,” $33,000, which included a “host reception with Hillary,” $5,000, which included “preferred seating” and $2,700.

Between 7,000 and 10,000 people are expected to attend the Trump rally in Kenansville, located in eastern North Carolina.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace said drivers should expect delays on N.C. 11, although no detours are planned.

“Be prepared to wait for an extended period of time,” Wallace said.

“Have fluids to hydrate yourself. We’re not allowing any backpacks or large bags in. You cannot bring any sign that has a stick or a metal object. Cardboard signs are allowed but nothing with a stick that could be used as a weapon.”

Wallace said there would be a designated area for any protesters as well.

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