First Lady's Visit Still Special To Those Who Didn't Attend Event

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- First Lady Michelle Obama's visit had many Topekans excited throughout the day, some even followed her motorcade around town.

13 News was among the crowd who gathered at Forbes Field to see her arrive and take off.

Hundred of students and their families had the opportunity to see the First Lady Michelle Obama in person at the Kansas Expocentre for a senior recognition ceremony.

But for the many Topekans who could not attend the event, hoping to catch a glimpse of the First Lady was enough.

Folks hopped in their cars and raced to Forbes Field to see Mrs. Obama land and leave for the night's festivities.

Shirley brought her grandchildren to the Brown v. Board of Education site, where the First Lady's motorcade stopped first.

"I'm just excited she's here. And since I don't have any kids graduating high school, I thought I'd bring my grandchildren to see if we can get a peek!"

And the First Lady couldn't possibly leave Kansas without tasting some barbecue. Katie at Pat's Pig on Topeka Boulevard was the one who answered the call, and took the First Lady's bbq order.

"They just said they wanted 25 orders of the chicken and ribs. At first I thought it couldn't happen. Then I heard about the Topeka graduation and that was really surprising, and the fact that she came here, that was even better."

Although many people could only see the First Lady's airplane from behind a window, and squinted to see her ascend the stairs into the airplane, snapping any pictures they could - her visit to the Capital City alone made lifelong memories for many.

It was a family event - for grandparents who told us they'd only seen a first lady on a television screen, and for the younger generation, who said they can look back on this time and be able to say, 'I saw the First Lady of the United States.'

Cadence and Taylie came with their grandparents, and said they were excited because not everyone gets to even see her airplane. When asked if they'll remember this always, they answered with an enthusiastic, "Yes!"

Loralie brought her two girls Trinity and Hayley to Forbes, who, for such young girls, knew a lot about the President and his wife.

"It's a part of history, with the Brown v. Board, and with it being the first black president. It's really important," Loralie said.

Trinity said she's proud her mommy brought them to see the plane.

"I just want to see the First Lady!" Hayley said. "I'm very, very, very, very, very, very excited to see the First Lady!"

The First Lady landed in Topeka around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon and departed around 7:30 p.m.