SPENCER CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Vice President Mike Pence has visited the Tri-State.
The Vice President’s appearance in the Tri-State came as a surprise to many Monday morning.
Air Force Two landed at Tri-State Aero in Evansville around 10:20 a.m.
“Everyone is getting different reports you know? said Steve Hammer, Local Real Estate Investor. “Air Force Two has landed, now they’re on the tarmac, you know, the cars are moving and it’s really interesting to see how the northbound lane of 41 was totally vacant.”
The White House did not send any media advisories.
Sheriff deputies blocked Highway 41 at Boonville New Harmony Road and the other intersections as the motorcade passed through, and that could be the case as it passes back through Evansville.
“It just kind of gives you goosebumps! It’s a cool little experience, and then ambulances and other cars are behind them in the motorcade. And you know, it only lasts maybe 60 seconds or so. But it’s really kind of neat to see,” said Hammer.
Steve Hammer tells us he found out about Vice President’s visit last night and gathered a group of people to welcome him to the Tri-State.
“So it was really cool,” said Hammer. “The motorcade of about eight black armored Suburbans slowed down to a couple, three, four miles an hour and Vice President Pence waved at all of us, there were 50 to75 of us there.”
It’s a day that Hammer says he will not soon forget.
“It was really neat, I mean they slowed down on purpose to wave to us and it was just a fun experience. No matter who is in office, you always, I think, have to respect and honor the office of president and vice president,” said Hammer.
The motorcade left Lincoln City around 5:10 p.m.
Warrick County Republicans indicated Pence would be eating at Roca Bar. A large crowd gathered there Monday morning for the arrival, but instead of stopping, Pence slowed down to wave.
Pence then went on to Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Spencer County.
“It’s just nice for a small town, to come back to Lincoln’s boyhood home. It’s nice for it to come full circle,” said Matt Satterfield.
“It’s just exciting to see your hometown getting so blown up because of somebody,” said Katelynn Austin, freshmen at Heritage Hills HS. “It’s crazy to think. I just thought it would be exciting to come and see the excitement and if we was going to drive this way. It’s just a big opportunity to see things new.”
A post from the U.S. Department of the Interior says the memorial was closed to the public until 4 p.m.
It shows the park areas were closed to the public to provide security during a filming event permitted by the National Park Service.
Areas including the Flagpole Terrace, the Pioneer Cemetery, the south end of the Lincoln Boyhood Trail, and the South end of Trail of Twelve Stones remained open.
Here is coverage as the plane landed.
Here is coverage as the motorcade passed through.
Here is the coverage from 14 New at 11.
Here is the coverage from 14 News at 11:30.
Here is coverage of Air Force Two leaving the Tri-State.