Fans line up for a chance to meet Sarah Palin

HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - Thousands lined up in Birmingham for the chance to meet former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin will be in Birmingham tomorrow to sign copies of her new book, but fans who want a chance to meet her had to line up Sunday for a place in line.

They came from as far away as New York and Mississippi, and waited patiently for hours all for an appropriately pink wristband that means they'll be guaranteed a spot in line Monday to meet Palin and have her sign a copy of her new book "Going Rogue."

"I got here at three this morning, and have been camped out ever since with blankets and hot chocolate," said one Palin reader. "I was number seventy-nine and it was well worth it, I'm gonna get my autographs."

3:00 a.m. sounds early until you talk to Riley White, the first person in line who began camping out at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night.

"Really I didn't sleep at all so I'm kinda running on fumes right now," White said. "I was definetly overprepared so it was as comfortable as you can be for 17 hours in a parking garage."

Asked if it was worth it, White said "I haven't even gotten to meet her yet and I would do it all over again. If I had known people would've been here at noon yesterday, I would've been here at 11:30am."

Betty Landrum drove from Mississippi "through the rain, stayed up all night, but it was worth it," Landrum said.

"I hope she'll run in 2012, and at the very least the next term, and that we can elect her the first woman president of the United States. A good conservative, Christian woman."

Amid chants of "Sarah, Sarah," another Palin fan said "I was hoping to see Sarah, but I just come from the back of the line and it's 1900 plus. So if you see this Sarah, I tried. I got the book, but there's just too many people back there."

Palin will be signing books at the Colonial Brookwood Village location of Books-A-Million starting at 4:30pm Monday. If you have a wristband, be there before 4pm or you lose your place in line.

If you're not one of the 1,000 people wearing a wristband, officials say you may still be able to have a book signed, you will be allowed in line on a first-come first serve basis after the wristband readers go through line.