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Here are a few things to know about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Lynden on Saturday, May 7.
▪ If you’re a spectator attending the rally, you will have to go through security screening. A good rule of thumb to follow: do not bring any items to the event that would not be allowed at an airport checkpoint. Do not bring weapons, umbrellas, signs, banners, or tripods. Limit personal items and do not bring large bags. Cameras are not allowed. Phones are OK.
▪ Organizers are asking spectators to not bring signs to the rally.
▪ Entrance to the event has been limited to Gate 5 on Kok Road (southwest). Parking is free but expect heavy traffic and arrive early to allow plenty of time to get into the venue due to congestion.
▪ A call center will be available on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to address event specific questions and concerns. The call center number is 360-788-5303.
▪ Just because you have a ticket doesn’t mean you will get in.
“Most people gotta weigh up and understand they’ve got to be there between 7 and 9 a.m. to get a place,” said Charlie Crabtree, chair of the Whatcom County Republican party. “They say on the site they’ll give away as many tickets as people want, but they’re only allowing x-number of people in.”
▪ If you can’t make it to the event, or want to avoid traffic, you can watch online. Right Side, a pro-Trump website, already has set up its livestream.
▪ No signs or cameras other than cell phone cameras will be allowed in, Crabtree said.
▪ Trump will land at Bellingham International Airport and his route to the fairgrounds won’t be announced until right before the event
▪ There will be protests.
Friday: “Make Whatcom Fascism-Free!” 4 p.m. at Telegraph and Guide Meridian.
Saturday: All of these are scheduled for the Lynden fairgrounds: “Protest Donald Trump” 2 p.m.; “Protest Donald Trump’s visit to Lynden” 2 p.m.; “Donald Trump Peaceful Protest” 3 p.m.; “Protest Donald Trump in Lynden” 10 a.m.
▪ The North West Reining Association will still hold its show from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Equine Events Center at the fairgrounds.
▪ The weather is supposed to be sunny with a high near 74 degrees.
▪ Whatcom Transit Authority does not plan to add any extra buses for the event. “It will be service as usual in an area we expect to be possibly very congested,” said Maureen McCarthy.
Route 26 leaves from Cordata Station and goes past the fairgrounds every hour and a half. The first bus leaving from Cordata is at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, then the next few are scheduled to leave at 10:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m., and 1:20 p.m.
The No. 26 bus will detour from the fairgrounds between 1 and 5 p.m. Follow WTA on Twitter at @ridewta.com
Route 26 only has a few options headed back to Bellingham in the afternoon, with buses departing from Kok Road at 19th Street at 3:39 p.m., 5:09 p.m., and the last bus at 6:39 p.m.
Kie Relyea and Dean Kahn contributed to this report.
Entrance gate and camera information was updated May 6, 2016.