From Sean Cockerham in Fairbanks --
Hundreds of people are waiting in line for one last chance to meet Sarah Palin as governor and get a free lunch.
Palin, who is handing out salmon burgers again today at the third and final governor's picnic, is scheduled to give her resignation speech at 3:18 p.m. Alaska time. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be sworn in to replace her.
The atmosphere at Pioneer Park is festive. People are here to see Palin, check out the Alaska State Barbecue Championships or look at the old river sternwheeler Nenana or the replica Gold Rush town.
It’s a sunny, pleasant day, with the temperature pushing 80 degrees.
The speech will be broadcast live on KTUU and CSPAN.
As usual, the governor has been tweeting, starting with the wrap up of the Anchorage picnic yesterday:
Wrapped up Anch Gov's Picnic, awesome. Now road trip to Fairbanks for farewell speech/changing of the guard. Camper full of kids & coffee...
W/kids in camper;on World's Best Rd Trip!To soar by Mt.McKinley&rushing rivers,we remember all of AK is BIG/WILD/GOOD LIFE;feel freedom here
RdTrip7 hrs wKid Rock/Martina McBride/Big&Rich/Grtchn Wilson/Billy Currngtn/Hank/Toby/VanP/Blk I P's/Greenwd/Straight/etc&USO artists=heaven
Beautiful Frbnks morn;cabinet members here w/me & LtGov to serve @ picnic,then changing of guard ceremony;Great to be in Golden Heart City!