COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) Taylor Fhuer was the first in line to get in to see Donald Trump speak in Colorado Springs.
"I was here at 5:30 [a.m.], which sounds crazy, but it's worth it. I don't have anything else going on during the day, so I may as well."
Fhuer was quickly not alone -- by noon thousands had joined him in line.
Trump is speaking at the Gallogly Events Center on the UCCS campus at 2 p.m. Friday. Standing room for the event is 1,500. A 1,000-person overflow center has been planned for those who can't get in to the real thing.
Fhuer is hoping that by getting there early, he'll get a chance to meet the presidential hopeful.
"Hopefully being at the front of the line we should be up close and personal; we should be close enough to maybe shake his hand, talk to him a little bit, get an autograph."
Ruth Sandon told 11 News that in her 76 years, this is the first campaign event she's ever been inspired to attend.
"Trump is the guy," she said.
She too was hoping for a photo op with the candidate -- but said she'd be satisfied just being in the same frame as Trump.
"She has a really great camera that just might zoom in and get me standing with him up there with me down here," Sandon said.
Amanda Rankin, who got in line at 7:30 a.m., was curious about what the real estate mogul turned reality TV star turned Republican standard-bearer was really like in person.
"I really want to hear Trump speak in person and see if the vibe is how it looks on TV. It's really exciting and I'm glad that he's in the Springs."
Meanwhile, opponents have planned a "Love Trumps Hate" rally at the same time as Trump's rally. Organizers stressed on their Facebook page that the protest was intended to be non-violent.
TRUMP TACKLES CLINTON ADS
Thousands showed up Friday afternoon to see Donald Trump and he spent much of his town hall rebutting ads by Hillary Clinton.
The presidential hopeful slammed the Clinton campaign, saying her speech was a "sad situation," and said he liked his convention much more.
He also tried to clear up those reports about him mocking a reporter who has disabilities.
"I didn't know what he looked like. I didn't know that he was disabled. I didn't know it. I didn't know it at all. I had no idea. So I started imitating somebody - I didn't speak to the guy - somebody that was groveling," Trump said.
He also addressed Clinton's claim during her speech Thursday night when she said he's a man you can bait with a tweet. Trump said he has one of the best temperaments.
He also said there's no way Republicans could not win Colorado.
11 News spoke to a man who said he came to the rally because he remained undecided.
"I came with open ears to hear what he had to say and he spoke a little bit to my concerns so I have a lot to think about heading home," said Arthur Ortegon. He said he remains undecided post-speech.
PROTESTS WERE PEACEFUL
At least 100 people showed up to protest Trump's visit. They stood alongside hundreds of people who were waiting in line to see the Republican nominee.
There were a few heated exchanges, but only words were used — not violence.
The "Love Trumps Hate" protesters showed up around noon. Right before Trump was set to begin speaking at 2 p.m., El Paso County sheriff deputies made a line between them and Trump supporters in line.
"The purpose of us having this action is to remind our community not to be divided by Donald trumps message which promotes Islamophobia, xenophobia, bigotry and hatred. That's not what Colorado Springs represents," said "Love Trumps Hate" organizer Crystal Cravens.
Meanwhile, Trump supporter Pamela Mills said, "They are talking about love and not hate, but to me they are standing there and protested and holding up signs about hate. 'Hitler Mussolini dictators' is contrary to what they are protesting about so that to me shows hate."
NOT ENOUGH ROOM
While about 2,500 people were inside, thousands more were left outside because there wasn't enough room.
Trump repeatedly called out the fire marshal, who also responded to 11 News.