A large crowd of Clay Countians packed the Center Point United Methodist Church at last night's Republican Committee Lincoln Day Dinner.
In fact, so many people attended the event that a few spectators were left without seats, standing alongside the wall instead.
The event, an annual occurrence, featured dinner, speakers, and some of Indiana's top Republican leaders. Those attending included Congressman John Hostettler, Rep. Andy Thomas and Sen. Richard Bray. On the local end of things were, among others, Judge Ernest Yelton, Clerk Mary Brown, and County Councilman Les Harding.
The event started slightly late due to the large crowd. After everything settled down, attendees helped themselves to a dinner of beef and noodles. The high attendance numbers made the work a little harder on the evening's cooks, who rushed around the building to make sure everyone had enough.
After everyone had eaten, Jennifer Buell, Chair of the Republican Committee, took the floor.
"I joked that there would be standing room only," she said. "There's enough room for everyone, you'll just have to look for a chair."
Buell then introduced some of the evening's guests, some of whom gave brief speeches. Secretary of State Mike Rokita, who could not attend, wrote a letter to the eventgoers and had a representative give a very brief -- 45 seconds long-- speech.
Senate Candidate Marvin Scott briefly took the floor to greet the crowd.
"As the official David of this race," he said, "let me assure you that I will beat Evan Bayh."
Congressman John Hostettler then took the mic to a huge response from the spectators. He told the crowd to encourage their friends and coworkers to vote.
"We not only want to win back the house, we also want to win back the governor's chair," he said.
Featured speakers included David McIntosh, who spoke on behalf of Gubernatorial Candidate Mitch Daniels, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed, and Gubernatorial Candidate Eric Miller. Due to a rather lengthy meeting last year, speakers were only given a limited amount of time. This didn't stop the eventgoers from enjoying the dinner.
"It's great to see this many people here to support our candidates," Buell said.