Organizers acquired (rented?) the 1,100 seat Walker Center of the Wilkes Community College for the event and dangled various other enticements: "over 20 dynamic speakers, rousing music and a family-oriented time."
They promised -- and delivered -- Congresswoman Virginia Foxx. Sen. Dan Soucek was there. Rep. Jonathan Jordan was there. Watauga County Commissioners David Blust and Vince Gable were there. One attendee told us that elected officials and candidates for office probably accounted for 20% of the 300 people ("maybe, at a stretch") in attendance. It was a small crowd in a big space.
Given that turnout, Congresswoman Foxx might be overheard to pout: "Do we have to keep kowtowing to these people?"