Officials Prep For First Lady Obama's Visit To Capital City

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to the capital city and address to Topeka graduating seniors is just two days away.

Topeka Public School's representatives, Expocentre workers and Topeka Law Enforcement have been gearing up for weeks.

Lights, banners and about 8 thousand chairs are already set up inside the Expocentre in preparation for First Lady Michelle Obama's visit and commencement speech to the graduating classes of USD 501's five high schools.

District Communications Director Ron Harbaugh says the highly anticipated event is sold out.

"We will have a full house! There's a lot of work the general public doesn't know that goes on behind the scenes for events with the First Lady. She will have a teleprompter, so those things are keeping us busy," says Harbaugh.

Expocentre Marketing Manager Phil Thompson says he has been busy as well.

"We just want to make sure we get it right," says Thompson.

Part of his focus - safety. "We will have our own security staff on hand, everyone will come in and bags will be checked. There won't be any question that it will be a safe environment for everyone," Thompson continued.

And to ensure nothing unexpected happens, Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller says his department will follow regular protocol.

"In this case, its generally standard process, the plane lands, there is motorcade by predetermined location. I would say this the route is secure, the facility is secure we will have all that done," says Miller.

With only two more days to go, Harbaugh says he is confident the event will go off without a hitch.

"We are getting really close and real excited and looking forward to Friday," says Harbaugh. Harbaugh also said if visitors don't show up by 5 p.m. they will not be allowed in even if you have a ticket so guests must arrive early


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