Preparations continue as line forms for Obama rally

Thursday, October 30, 2008 | 4:10 p.m. CDT; updated 5:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 30, 2008
Stagehands Paul Dobberstein, left, and Toby Beck prepare a large "Missouri For Change" sign at Carnahan Quadrangle, where a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will begin at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. People standing behind the sign will be able to view Obama on a JumboTron.

COLUMBIA — Preparation for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's visit to Columbia continued throughout the day Thursday. 

By 4 p.m., a line of Obama supporters had already gathered along Conley Avenue north of MU's Mel Carnahan Quadrangle, stretching from Hulston Hall, which houses the MU law school, to Middlebush Hall at Ninth Street and University Avenue.

The rally will begin at 9:30 p.m., and state and local candidates for office will speak before Obama.

Obama pumpkins sit near the podium where Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will speak Thursday. Construction continued throughout Thursday, and gates were scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m. The rally is set to begin at 9:30 p.m.

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