We just arrived (re-arrived actually. We headed back to the hotel for a bit. Belgian waffles were really good, btw.)
Perhaps it will be a late-arriving crowd here at the Iowa Wesleyan Howe Center. Only one side of the bleachers is set up (30 minutes til this thing is supposed to start). But one third is reserved for Mt. Pleasant's high school marching band. Another third is marked "no entry". By my math, that leaves just one third for the "hometown crowd."
People are starting to move onto the floor in front of us. But at least so far, it doesn't look like they will be fighting for space.
A few things about the speeech. At least on paper, this won't be a long one. I'm told 10-14 minutes. Here's a safe bet. You will hear the word change a lot.