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Donald Trump makes his way to Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - This Friday will be Donald Trump's first visit to central Arkansas.

The presidential hopeful is speaking at the Hot Springs Convention Center Friday night.

Trump has made headlines for bold statements in the past, which is creating quite the buzz around his visit.

"You may or may not agree with Mr. Trump's position, but it's our right to listen and his right to speak about those issues," said Republican state chairman Doyle Webb, who says their party is excited for Trump to speak at their Reagan Rockefeller dinner.

"He is certainly a newsmaker," said Webb.


Webb explained that Trump's comments tend to make headlines because he's the only candidate so far in 2016 who is self-funded and does not accept outside contributions, "which frees him up to say what's on his mind cause he is his primary supporter," said Webb.

After Trump agreed to speak, the event was moved from Horner Hall to a much larger exhibit room at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

"First this was going to be a very small event and now it's well over a thousand people, so it's going to be great to have those visitors," said Steve Arrison, CEO of the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Arrison says with big political events like this, they increase security.

"We've already met with the local police department. You're always planning on contingencies," said Arrison.

Webb says democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who is also visiting the state this weekend, played a role in Trump coming to Arkansas.

"He wanted to come in and maybe ask a few questions of the former first lady," said Webb.

Both the state party and the convention center expect an entertaining event.

"He's humorous, he's serious, he's intense....it'll be an interesting evening," said Webb.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available through ArkansasGOP.org. Stadium seating is $75, dinner tickets are $150, and private photo tickets are $350.