MURRAY, KY — One day before the Fancy Farm picnic, Oliver North will visit Murray State University. Large crowds are expected to attend to hear the president of the National Rifle Association speak.

Local 6 has learned that Murray State will close its campus from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on that Friday, Aug. 3. The closure specifically affects administrative buildings and offices —not outdoor areas on campus. In addition to the main campus, all offices on Murray States regional campuses will be closed. That means students, staff and faculty in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Henderson and Fort Campbell will find closed offices during that same time frame.

Murray State spokesman Shawn Touney says closing all regional campuses during closures on the main campus is just customary for the university. He says a large number of visitors are expected at the Murray campus for the rally, which is the reason for the closure. He notes that classes are not really affected by the closure. According to the Murray State academic calander, Aug. 3 is the last day of classes for SH and SK summer sessions.

Although the event is being held on the Murray State campus, it is not affiliated with the university. The Marshall County Republican Party is hosting the event: The Night Before Fancy Farm GOP Rally.  That’s despite backlash from some who call his visit insensitive because of the Heath High School shooting in 1997 and the deadly shooting at Marshall County High School earlier this year.

A group of students plans to hold a peaceful protest during North’s visit. Touney said the office closure is not expected to affect that demonstration in any way.

Murray State will go back to normal operating hours at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6.

The rally is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Murray State Lovett Auditorium. For more information about the event, click here.

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Note: This story was originally published on July 31, 2018. It has been updated on Aug. 1, 2018, to include additional information about the closure and who will be affected by it.