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GALLERY: North Canton Preps for Visit From Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan

Republican supporters flocked to North Canton Memorial Stadium Thursday evening to paint signs for today's big campaign rally

Today, North Canton gets a chance to show off in a big way.

It will host thousands of people when presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan come to town for their campaign rally, and city officials and residents are making sure the city is prepped and polished for the limelight.

North Canton Mayor David Held said workers have been busy prepping the city for the event.

"We wanted to make sure all the streets are clean, and a great segment of Main Street is paved, so it's a little smoother for the motorcade," Held said. "We're going to have thousands of people coming into the city for this event alone, and that in itself is economic development."

But is the preparation a ton of work? 

Not as much as you might think, Held said.

"In North Canton, we're used to handling big crowds, and we have a protocol for this," he said, adding it's much like preparing for a big football game or for the July 4 Race.

Held said it's a real honor for the city to host the event.

"Out of all the municipalities, they picked North Canton," he said. "We're excited to have the Romney campaign visit the city of North Canton not once, but twice."

Fireworks could be on the agenda for tonight, as well as an appearance from "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Patricia Heaton, according to the Plain Dealer. And the Oak Ridge Boys musical group tweeted this week they would be performing at the rally.

The North Canton City School District also has been hard at work preparing for the visit. Check out this North Canton Patch story to see how.

Adam Hoover October 26, 2012 at 01:44 PM
My Name is Mitt Romney and I will create 12 million jobs for Ohio I have a very detailed plan to accomplish this but it is top secret so I will not reveal any of those details yet. don't question my plan I am Mitt Romney NOw everyone Cheer Yaaaa Mitt Romney for President!!!!!!!
Holly Pierpont October 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
My name is President Barack Obama, and although I haven't done much in 4 years, I expect you to vote for me. Don't question why I haven't kept my promises. You're darn right I will cheer for Romney. Welcome to North Canton!
Cara Beisert October 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM
^ What she said!
george October 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Highest tax increase in the history of US,( takes effect Dec. no-one is paying attention), class-warfare & pitting groups against each other, falling dollar, not acknowledging terrorist attacks,( Ft Hood was workplace violence), 4 people died in Benghazi while pleading for help in real time, it was blamed on a video & gov said they didn't know what was happening & most of US media helps keep it off the front burner, Appeasing islamists, ( muslim brotherhood serving in Homeland Security), trillions in debt & China owning much of it, more Executive Orders than any other Pr. in history, ( know about the National Defense Order?), murdered Border Agent scandal, suing states for securing borders, when feds would not do their job-----------why would you vote for 4 more yrs ? Are you aware that coal permits have been reduced & land is for sale in s. Ohio, ( we would have enough power for hundreds of yrs.), billions wasted in "green" companies funded by feds), that Medicare is intrusion into peoples' lives & yes, after 73, there is a panel deciding our medical course; People are unaware or want the government " looking out for them"--------neither of which contributes to a healthy Republic. "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. ” ― Margaret Thatcher
Chris Robinson October 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
President Obama did acknowledge the terrorist attack in Benghazi - that very day in the Rose Garden. Don't take my word for it - see the video for yourself. If he 'hasn't done anything to fix the economy in 4 years', how about the Republican/Tea Party-dominated House that has stonewalled him every step of the way since day 1? They wouldn't even pass a routine transportation/infrastructure bill or a jobs bill for our returning veterans - only because Obama supports them. China? What about Romney's vested interests in China and shipping jobs overseas? Coal and oil? When are we ever going to break free of our antiquated planet-destroying addiction to fossil fuels? Highest tax increase in history? My taxes haven't increased - and I'm far below the 1%. If promoting quality public education, preserving Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid, wanting every American (including the 1%) to pay a fair and blanced share, and taking care of our veterans who have sacrificed to protect our country constitutes socialism, I guess we are guilty as charged.

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