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Thousands expected at Cincinnati Tea Party tax rally

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The stage is set, the cameras in place and the lights aligned.

Massive preparations are underway for a tea party tax day take over on Thursday.

"Today's a prep day, the producer from FOX has showed up to do the setup, we've had rigs in the arena all morning, maintenance staff setting up the crowd barricades and staging," said Scott Wilhoit of University of Cincinnati.

"We're excited we know it's going to be a huge turn out, and there's going to be a lot of liberty loving people," said Mike Wilson, founder of the Cincinnati Tea Party.

Thousands are expected, and the tickets are almost gone.

"We're expecting a sell out crowd, the building holds just over 13,000 people," Wilhoit said.

"So far we've sold over 7,000 tickets, and we expect there will be a huge walk up crowd," Wilson said.

For the second year in a row the Cincinnati Tea Party is capitalizing on the day citizens pay the government to make the government pay attention.

"It's really focusing on the fact that our government is larger than it should be, and really just out of control right now, so we're trying to capitalize on some of the frustration, " Wilson said.

FOX News' Sean Hannity will have a book signing, and tape his show live from arena at 6:00 p.m. followed by the tea party with several speakers on the program.

"I've had people email me saying they're coming down from the Cleveland, Toledo area," Wilson said.

And with the sell out crowd security will be a top priority.

"You're going to see a little bit more security, but nothing abnormal for the arena," Wilhoit said.

"It's time for us as a people to stand together and force change in Washington, D.C," Wilson said.

The Northern Kentucky Tea Party is also holding a tax relief party in Covington at 2:30 p.m.

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