The hotels were completely booked, people from all over the state would be pouring into town and University of Iowa students and the city's police were preparing for one of the biggest weekends of the year.
This was the case even before President Barack Obama announced that he, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives would hold a rally for thousands of supporters on a campus green in downtown Iowa City, the state's liberal stronghold.
The star-studded event, coming the day after Obama accepts the Democratic Party's nomination to run for re-election, adds more excitement to what residents say could be the city's most memorable and chaotic weekend in memory. Obama's arrival will coincide with an influx of thousands of football fans for Saturday's annual game between the Hawkeyes and their intrastate rivals, Iowa State, that doubles as perhaps the state's biggest party every year.
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