Small NC town prepares for Trump rally; Clinton postpones Chapel Hill event

AP images of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
AP images of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A small Eastern North Carolina town is preparing for Donald Trump’s appearance Tuesday just as a Hillary Clinton event in Chapel Hill on Tuesday was postponed.

Trump will hold a rally in Kenansville Tuesday just two weeks after making a stop in Greenville.

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The rally will be held at the Duplin County Event Center and it is likely to be the largest event ever held in Kenansville, with a population of about 855.

Duplin County Schools announced on Monday they would be closing at noon Tuesday in anticipation of Trump’s visit. High amounts of traffic are expected in the area, school officials said.

Meanwhile, Clinton campaign officials said Monday afternoon that a Tuesday fundraiser in Chapel Hill was postponed.

The Clinton event was billed as “lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton” and had four donation levels to attend.

Those contribution levels were described as $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.

No reason was given for postponement of the Clinton event, which was planned to take place at the home of Betty Craven and Michael Warner.

For Trump’s event, Between 7,000 and 10,000 people are expected to attend the rally, which could mean heavy traffic for the usually quiet town.

Multiple law enforcement agencies in and around Duplin County are working together to prepare for the event.

Sheriff Blake Wallace said starting around midnight 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.”

Pocket knives, handguns and other firearms are also not allowed in the event center. Wallace said there will be a designated area for any protesters as well.

Doors for the event will open at 3 p.m. with Trump scheduled to speak at 5 p.m.

Trump also plans to hold a rally in High Point around noon on Tuesday.

— WNCT contributed to this report

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