ANCHORAGE - Crowd magnets Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are teaming up again, this time on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
"We can count on Glenn to make the night interesting and inspiring, and I can think of no better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with patriots who will 'never forget,'" Palin wrote of the conservative commentator on her Facebook page. "Hope to see you there!"
But unlike their free August rally at the National Mall, Saturday's event in Anchorage will come with a hefty price.
Tickets range from $73.75 to a high of $225. The priciest tickets cover seats up front and a "meet and greet" at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, where the event is being held.
Despite the cost, all but 1,000 of 4,500 tickets had been sold by late Wednesday afternoon, said Therin Ferrin, with a private contractor that operates the city's convention centers.
"We are anticipating a sell out," Ferrin said.
Also in the works, protesters announced they were planning two counter rallies in Anchorage on Saturday, including one outside the Dena'ina Center during the evening Palin-Beck event. Desa Jacobsson, an Alaska Native rights activist who is among the organizers, said protesters want to send a message to Palin and Beck to "stop spreading hate and fear."
The show originally featured only Beck, a popular Fox News Channel personality, according to Christopher Cox, the Anchorage-based promoter of the event. Cox later thought of adding the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and she agreed to it, he said.
Cox said the date of the event is a coincidence. Cox originally was eyeing Sept. 4, but did not want to compete with the Alaska State Fair, and moved the date to a week later, which worked out better for Beck as well.
"And you know what, it's a great date for me, for America, for Alaska," Cox said.
Even though it was his idea to bring Beck to Alaska, Cox only knows that Beck will be introduced to the audience by Palin.Cox stressed that his event carries no political agenda, even though he is a big Beck fan. Cox just thought it would be "fun to mix it up" aside from country, rock, comedy and other performances he's promoted over the years.
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