Supporters of President Donald Trump await the arrival of Air Force I on Sunday afternoon outside the gates of Bangor International Airport. Credit: Abigail Curtis / BDN

Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered by Bangor International Airport and at Treworgy Family Orchards on Sunday to await the president’s relatively impromptu visit to the area.

At Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, hundreds gathered at the sprawling farm and orchard for the president’s visit well before his arrival, including Dale Crafts, the Republican candidate hoping to unseat Democratic Rep. Jared Golden. More were still trickling in even after the president arrived at the orchard shortly before 3:40 p.m.

Outside the Bangor International Airport gates, Terry and Betty Crouse of Palermo were among the Trump supporters hoping to glimpse Air Force I.

“We had our hopes of seeing a rally, but it’s still great to be here, with our brothers and sisters,” Terry Crouse said.

Trump’s visit to the Bangor area followed a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, that had been announced days ago. The Maine visit came together as a last-minute addition to his schedule.

Dennis and Claire Fuller of Morrill “dropped everything and came” when they heard about the relatively impromptu presidential visit, Dennis Fuller said.

Clockwise from left: Sumita Huntley of Bangor was among the hundreds of Trump supporters who gathered outside the Bangor International Airport awaiting the president’s arrival in Bangor; Hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters gathered outside the Bangor International Airport gates to catch a glimpse of Air Force I landing. Credit: Abigail Curtis / BDN

“We taped our flag to a broom handle, and here we are,” he said.

Trump’s visit is a sign that the electoral vote from Maine’s 2nd District is important to Trump, but the need goes both ways, said Dawn and Kevin Chapin of Hope.

“The thing is, we need him,” Kevin Chapin, an independent contractor, said. “When Obama was elected, work literally just got canceled. With Trump, it’s been great.”

The Trump supporters said they didn’t put much stock in polls showing Biden with an advantage headed into the final stretch before Election Day.

“Numbers are one thing, but just go anywhere to see the enthusiasm for one [candidate] versus the other,” Chapin said. “I think honestly, it’s a clear choice.”

“The silent majority is speaking,” said Angela Floyd of Monmouth, referring to the crowd.