HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Wednesday is a big day in Perry County. Former President Bill Clinton will speak at the Forum as part of a campaign stop for U.S. Senate Candidate and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
On Tuesday, local volunteers spent the day preparing for the event. Community member Ron Daley stopped by to help and said he is encouraged about what Clinton's visit means for the region.
"This is putting us on the map," said Daley.
The chairs were empty at the venue on Tuesday but organizers assure WYMT it will be a packed house on Wednesday.
Daley said this is an exciting process to watch.
"There are a lot of workers and volunteers from all over the area and they are enjoying what they are doing because they know it is going to be a special time for the people of eastern Kentucky," said Daley.
He remembers the last time the town geared up for some presidential star power. Bill Clinton visited Hazard back in 1999 when he was finishing up his second term in the White House.
"I was here in Hazard in 1999 standing out in the hot sun waiting to see the President and shake his hand," said Daley.
Other than moving some chairs and bringing in barricades, we are told not much else will change. Officials helping with the set up on Tuesday said there will not be any road closures for the event. However, you will not be able to park along a stretch of Kentucky 15 near the Forum.
"Hazard is a very special place. Eastern Kentucky is a very special place and when you have leaders that come in, that is a very special opportunity," said Daley.
You can watch Wednesday's event live on WYMT and WYMT.com. Coverage begins around three o'clock with the speeches from both Former President Clinton and U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
WYMT will also have live team coverage from the event both at four and six.