Local organizers of a free, public event this month to bring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to Bluffton figured about 200 people would come to see the Tea Party leader and potential presidential candidate.
That number is now expected to climb to 2,000 or more.
Originally scheduled for outside the Old Town Dispensary at Carson Cottages, the April 16 event has been moved to Buckwalter Place and morphed from a small gathering to a block party with multiple bands, vendors and speakers.
Thomas Viljac, a co-organizer and owner of the Dispensary, said he'd been told local hotel rooms are being booked by out-of-towners who want to hear Bachmann speak. That prompted the need to find another location, he said.
Town manager Anthony Barrett, who is in charge of special-events permits for the town, said in an email the venue had to be changed because the crowd was expected to grow due to Bachmann's possible 2012 presidential bid.