Tickets for St. Petersburg College Obama campaign stop given away in a matter of hours

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Seminole, Florida -- Once President Obama wraps up with his convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, he'll head our way during a two day bus tour of the Sunshine State.

The President is scheduled to speak at the St. Petersburg College Campus in Seminole on Saturday at around 11 a.m. and will then head to a 4 p.m. event in Kissimmee and wrap things up Sunday with stops in Melbourne and West Palm Beach.

While the event in Seminole is open to the public, anyone wanting to go needs a ticket.

The tickets were given away at six locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough County and were given away in a matter of hours on Wednesday and Thursday. They were all gone by 1 p.m.

"I'm elated. My heart is beating... I'm just getting so excited," smiled Beverly Heacock. She was the very first person in line this morning at the Ybor City campaign office.

She arrived three hours early, not wanting to miss seeing another president in person.

"I missed Kennedy... of course I was only 18," said Heacock. She's not missing out this time. She got her ticket to see Obama this morning. 

Sandra Frazier and her husband also lined up early, arriving two hours ahead of the giveaway. The Washington DC transplants have seen a presidential motorcade in person, but never a president.

"It's something we won't ever forget and to share it with our families and to have my parents come out, bring my children, it's very important," said Frazier, who plans to bring her two children.

Hundreds of people lined up outside the six ticket locations on Wednesday. Some locations gave away all their tickets within in hours, but folks got one more chance at a ticket this morning as all six offices re-opened with a full stack of tickets.

"We came yesterday at 3, I know it started at 5, we had two little grandkids and couldn't wait the two hours with them, so we thought we'd try this morning," said Vilma Tamargo. She also got her ticket today.

The Obama campaign tells us the attendees will hear the President lay out his vision to boost the economy and generate jobs, but it's the opportunity to see and hear the President speak, parents like Frazier hopes will serve as a learning experience for her children. 

"It's important to see our president, see him speak to have an opportunity to come out and support him," she smiled.

"I really like him, I hope to wave at him," said Beverly Heacock, waving her hand in the air.

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