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Palin draws a thousand, including an Alaskan to Norfolk


NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) - It was Palin pandemonium in Norfolk Nebraska Saturday, as former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited the Norfolk Hastings book store along with daughters Piper and Willow as part of her 16-city book tour.  

The former governor of Alaska's new book is entitled "America by Heart: Faith, Family, and Flag," and and estimated one-thousand people from all over the country braved the elements waiting to get their copy signed. Attendees drank coffee and wrapped themselves in blankets to stay warm, and some even sang patriotic tunes to pass the time.

At seven a.m., Hastings employees began handing out the tickets that would be needed for the signing.  By eight, the doors had opened for those who wanted to purchase the book, and the signing itself started at 11.

When someone like Sarah Palin comes to Norfolk, Nebraska, it's sure to draw a crowd.  Among the crowd were Palin fans from all over the country, including one from her home state of Alaska.  Nansi Freeman is from Eagle River, Alaska and stopped in to say hi to Palin while visiting friends in Norfolk.

It was a bitter, cold day in Norfolk, Nebraska. But the cold didn't bother many Siouxlanders, who came out and braved the elements to meet their idol Sarah Palin. Some of them even stayed overnight.

Christine Boone and Bobbi Freeborn of Plainview, Nebraska got to the front of the line at 9:30 Friday evening and camped out on the sidewalk. They said they wanted to make sure they got a chance to meet the woman that they said has become an idol for them. The session itself was quick, in and out, no pictures and no personalizations, but Boone says the wait was still well worth it.

"I would so do it…I don't care if I had to do it every night for a week. I would do it again. It was amazing to meet Sarah Palin today," she exclaimed.

Boone says her signed book will go in a display case in her home so everyone can see it. 

Reporter: Eric McKay 

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