HOLDEN – Last week, Ryan Nyer, owner of Maine Military Supply in Holden, received a call saying his store had been chosen for President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., to hold a campaign rally.
“I said, ‘Why us out of all the places you could have chosen?’ And, they said they’re trying to find outdoors folks, and you know, real Maine people,” Nyer said. “They want to talk to real Mainers. They don’t wanna be in the basement of some hotel ballroom or lobby.”
There was talk of the president’s son using the store’s shooting range, but Nyer was told they decided against it.
“He may pose with us with some firearms,” Nyer said. “He may just have a casual handshake and a hello and get back out to see the real interaction, which is gonna be the people that have shown up to see him.”
Nyer said he expects a large crowd to fill his store’s parking lot for the event.
“There was a link on our Facebook as well as on the Donald Trump campaign website to apply for tickets to the event,” Nyer said. “If you didn’t get a confirmation code, we’re being told to just show up with your government photo ID.”
Staff members and customers appear to be excited.
“My daughter is really excited,” said Ashely Orcutt, a team lead for Maine Military Supply. “She is seven, and she attends school at Dedham, and she’s really excited to see what a political rally looks like.”
“I feel we are not listened to or thought of, so I think it’s wonderful that someone is taking the time to speak to us in Maine,” said Kristen Cartier, an Ellsworth resident.
Trump Jr. will be speaking at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
“If you’re not a fan, maybe you’ll come, hear what they have to say and maybe have your eyes open to some other point of view,” Nyer said. “If you are a fan, we hope to see you here, and you have a good time.”