Charlotte, N.C., is on this week for the Democratic National Convention.
Organizers are calling it the most accessible convention in history. It kicked off Monday with the CarolinaFest, a free, family friendly event outside the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Gary Ritter of Charlotte brought his two sons to the festivities.
President Barack Obama
"They have the Legacy Village, so I wanted them to see that and just be a part of that. This is probably the only time the convention will ever come to Charlotte."
An Elon University poll, based on phone calls made last week and released Monday, has Republican nominee Mitt Romney with a slight lead over President Obama in North Carolina. North Carolina has been referred to as a swing state and political commentators are calling it a real tossup.
Hilda Wiltz came here because she wants to be a part of the Obama movement.
"Allowing just somebody to register and go to the caucuses and learn and hear and interface with people: It is a wonderful thing."
On Monday members of state delegations met at various locations around the city, and several caucuses met inside of the convention center. Florida has 300 delegates in Charlotte this week.