Clinton, Obama to speak at Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

May 2, 2008 11:34:24 AM PDT
Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be in the Triangle Friday night for the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner event.

Tickets are sold out and the Democratic headquarters expects the biggest turnout ever!

With a fresh coat of red paint and a sea of blue table cloths, the J.S. Dorton Arena at the State Fairgrounds is transformed into a patriotic platform for the event.

Last year about 500 people turned out for the annual dinner. But with N.C. in play this presidential year and the two Democratic hopefuls, as keynote speakers, the party expects a full house. That's about 5,000 people!

Workers setting up for the event have their pick. But those still on the fence have a few days to decide. Back at the Obama and Clinton headquarters, volunteers work around the clock to score their vote.

But you can bet the workers will be taking a break tomorrow to see their candidate center stage.

"It is other worldly exciting not just because of the N.C. is in play this time, but the whole world is watching and I want to be a beacon of light and understanding, words escape the excitement of this," Obama volunteer Margaret Young Weeber said."

A reception kicks off the event at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.. The $250 tickets for dinner and a seat on the floor level sold out early.

Obama and Clinton's local campaign headquarters have a few tickets left for stadium seating, but they're giving them to volunteers.

Workers sill have a lot of work to do inside Dorton Arena. Finishing touches should be complete by late Thursday night.

As for a set schedule, the Democratic party hasn't released one, but they hope to have either Clinton or Obama speak at 8:30 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m.