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President’s Montoursville visit part of Pennsylvania wave

President Trump speaks at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville in May 2019. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

President Donald J. Trump will make an appearance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville.

It is one of several stops the president has arranged as he seeks votes in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.

This time, Trump faces Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, and is also running a reelection campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impact in his visit to Montoursville, according to Richard Howell, the Williamsport Regional Airport executive director.

That is because the stage and those in attendance will not be packing inside the hangar as they did in a visit in 2019, but rather will have to remain outside, Howell said.

The expected crowd will be shuttled to and from the Lycoming Mall parking lot destination by River Valley Transit bus services, according to Skip Cochran, a media spokesman for the agency.

Donald J. Trump for President Inc. has arranged the visitations, which will be taking the president to the airport aboard a smaller version of Air Force One. The 747 version can’t land at the airport due to its larger wheelbase, according to Howell.

Trump is expected to deliver remarks on Making America Great Again at Bucks County at noon Saturday and rallies in Reading at 2:30 p.m., Butler at 5:30 p.m. and then drop by Lycoming County, according to the Trump reelection campaign team. In Ohio visits, including Youngstown, his daughter, Ivanka, addressed the crowd before introducing her father and president.

“The last time he was overwhelmed by the support when he came here thinking Montoursville was a smaller area and he was absolutely amazed,” said Carol Sides, a former Trump delegate from Lycoming County.

“Sometimes when you want to show gratitude you come back,” Sides said.

The borough’s annual trick or treating is set for 6 to 8 p.m., according to borough police.

Trick-or-treaters need to avoid any areas near Broad Street and south to the railroad tracks, police said. This area is viewed by police to be an unsafe location for trick-or-treaters.

Police urged trick-or-treaters and their guides to stay north of Broad Street and the further away from heavily traveled streets the better.

Read more in Saturday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette

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