COEUR D'ALENE -- Hundreds of Sarah Palin supporters are camping out at the Coeur d'Alene Fred Meyer. The Sandpoint native is in town to promote her best selling book.
It's going to be a long, cold wait for people hoping to see the former governor of Alaska and Republican Vice-Presidential candidate. Inside the Coeur d'Alene Fred Meyer, staff are still preparing. Over 1,000 Sarah Palin supporters are expected to be in line by Thursday morning.
Sarah Palin will be signing her book in the area where you would normally get your furniture. Employees spent most of Wednesday rearranging that part of the store in anticipation of the big event. They know how busy it will be. The first 700 people in line get a bracelet at about 10:30 Thursday morning, 90 minutes before the event starts. They will get a book signed by Palin. If you are in line all night, the store plans to help a little.
"We'll try to put some heaters out there to keep people warm, but you'll be outside," said Fred Meyer employee Melinda Merrill.
Customers will be led through one end of the store, right to the former governor, and then back out again. Palin will be signing books from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Many people are already outside the store with heaters and campers waiting in line outside the garden center gates.
After the Coeur d'Alene visit, Palin will go to Sandpoint for another book signing at the Sandpoint Events Center at 102 Euclid Avenue from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
People can begin lining up at 3:00 p.m., but only the first 700 people will be allowed through. All 700 people must show proof they bought their copy of Palin's book "Going Rogue" at Vanderford's Books in Sandpoint in order to get a signature.