WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — People from northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond are gearing up in anticipation for former President Trump’s appearance in Luzerne County tomorrow.

Around 10,000 people are expected to come out to Wilkes-Barre Township to catch a glimpse of the former president and some have been camping out for days.

“I’ve been here since Wednesday,” said Jared Petry from Cleveland, Ohio.

Jared Petry and Jonathan Riches, from Tampa, Florida, are some of the first in line set up outside the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

“This is my 48th trump rally,” Riches told Eyewitness News.

In less than 24 hours, they, and thousands of others, will be inside the arena with former President Donald Trump.

“We follow him everywhere, we love him we love his policies, we love everything he does, he’s the greatest president we’ve ever had,” Petry stated.

“We’re part of a group called ‘Trump’s Front Row Joes’ and we’ve been to literally every single Trump rally since 2015,” Riches explained.

Trump’s rally on Saturday is intended to drum up voter support for republicans Doug Mastriano, Mehmet Oz, and Jim Bognet ahead of the midterm elections.

Dozens of vendors selling all types of merchandise have set up shop as supporters from all across the nation begin to arrive.

“The excitement and the ability to maybe possibly tell my grandchildren one day that I was able to go and listen to the president of the United States speak that I wholeheartedly admired and believe that he truly brought great things to America in his four years is great,” said Barbara Holstein, from Sussex County, New Jersey

But not everyone feels the same way.

Friday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, joined by Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti, held a virtual press conference in response to the rally.

“It’s really important that we spend the 65 days learning more about candidates on both sides but especially learning the dangers of having someone like Mastriano in the governor’s seat, having someone like Dr. Oz representing Pennsylvania in the senate. We’ve got a really big divide going on, and we really need to be coming together, not tearing ourselves apart,” Mayor Cognetti stated.

Doors open at 2 pm Saturday afternoon for the rally and Trump is expected to speak at 7 pm.

Pennsylvania State Police have issued a traffic advisory for the area surrounding the arena.

According to PSP, former President Trump’s visit will result in temporary delays near the Mohegan Sun Arena during the afternoon and evening hours:

  • Interstate 81 Southbound exit 180 and exit 168 Highland Park Interchange between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Interstate 81 Northbound exit 168 and exit 180 during the times of 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Troopers say drivers are reminded to expect delays, backups, and congestion in and around the area during Saturday’s event.

Security fences were set up around Mohegan Sun Arena Thursday

Eyewitness News will have team coverage of the day’s event and will livestream Mr. Trump’s speech on pahomepage.com.