Last minute preparations for President Obama's visit to Cooperstown

A crowd gathers to await the arrival of President Obama at Griffiss Airport.

Cooperstown is spending every last minute getting ready for President Barack Obama's visit.

People have begun gathering on the street near the National Baseball Hall of Fame in anticipation of the President's arrival in the afternoon. Police have blocked off Main Street and are keeping the growing crowd away from the entrance to the Hall of Fame.

Roads crews were cleaning the streets Thursday morning and putting up "no parking" signs outside the Baseball Hall of Fame. That's where President Obama will speak later today. There are also "no parking" signs on streets around the Baseball Hall of Fame, and crews also removed garbage cans from around the area.

This is the first time a sitting president will ever visit the Hall of Fame, and Thursday morning Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz says the presidential visit is still "unbelievable." There are signs up around the village welcoming President Obama, who will be in Cooperstown to talk about tourism.

Obama announced the trip during his weekly radio address on Saturday, and he'll take a brief tour before leaving. The Hall of Fame will be closed during the President's visit for security purposes.

The President's appearance comes at a good time for the Hall of Fame, which is expecting a banner 75th anniversary year. Average attendance has declined more than 35,000 the past five years.

A contingent of area residents is expected to stage a rally urging the president to reject fracking. Obama has come out in support of the method used to extract oil and gas from shale.

Stay with for more throughout the day on the President's visit.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report).

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