Trump is coming back to the Lehigh Valley. Here’s how to see him and what to expect.

Former president Donald Trump is coming to the Lehigh Valley.

Thousands are expected to show up Saturday at the Schnecksville Fire Company fairgrounds in North Whitehall Township, according to Lehigh County Republican Committee Chairman Joe Vichot.

How many thousands? He’s not sure.

“I heard 3,000 initially,” said Vichot, who said he’s one of the event organizers but doesn’t have firsthand knowledge of how many people are expected.

“Ten thousand was the latest number I heard,” he said.

He said the Trump campaign is creating a makeshift outdoor arena on the fairgrounds. The campaign wants to accommodate as many people as it can, Vichot said.

Those who want to attend can register for a free ticket online. However, the ticket won’t guarantee you a spot at the rally, Vichot said.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Saturday. Trump is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m.

If you get there when the gates open, you may be too late to get in, Vichot said.

“I’ve heard rumors there were people thinking about camping out the night before,” he said.

Parking arrangements are also in the works, he said. It’s unclear how far attendees will have to park for Saturday’s rally. Vichot said he attended a Trump rally in the middle part of the state where he had to park in a residential neighborhood and walk a mile.

“People had lawn chairs. We had a good time,” Vichot said, recalling his previous experience. “It’s actually a fun day.”

Security will be handled by the Secret Service with the help of local law enforcement. The Pennsylvania State Police has arranged to close roads when the former president is expected to arrive.

Polls show Trump neck and neck with President Joe Biden in the countdown to November’s presidential election.

The Lehigh Valley is a swing region in a swing state.

“This is the place. If you can do well in the Lehigh Valley, you’re going to do well across the state,” Vichot said.

“Pennsylvania’s electoral votes very well could be the deciding factor on who becomes the president of the United States,” added Glenn Geissinger, the chairman of the Northampton County Republican Committee. He plans to attend the rally and has been in contact with Vichot to help organize the event.

Trump came to the Lehigh Valley twice during his 2020 campaign: to Hanover Township, Northampton County, and to Upper Macungie Township.

President Trump arrives at Lehigh Valley International Airport on May 14, 2020. He went on to Owens & Minor, a medical supply distribution center in Upper Macungie Township, where he gave a speech.

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Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com.


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