The North Carolina Republican Party is bringing some big names to Greensboro in June.

The NCGOP is holding its state convention at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro from Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11.

Although the state convention is always filled with North Carolina Republican elected officials and those who would like to be NC Republican elected officials, this year the NCGOP has announced that three of the top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination will be speaking, including former President Donald Trump.

Trump, the 45th president of the United States, is scheduled to speak at the state convention’s Grand Old Party Dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is considered one of front runners for the Republican nomination, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Old North State Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, June 9.

DeSantis has not announced that he will be running for president in 2024, but he is making the moves, including speaking in early voting states that indicate he will make an announcement soon.

The 48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence is the keynote speaker at the First in Freedom Luncheon at noon on Saturday, June 10.  Pence also has not announced that he will be a candidate for president in 2024, but he has said that if he is going to run he will make that announcement “well before late June.”

Since Pence is speaking in Greensboro on June 10, it is entirely possible he will be speaking as a declared candidate for president, or he could make the announcement at the NCGOP convention.

Trump by contrast has been an announced candidate for president since Nov. 15, 2022, shortly after the midterm election.  Although Trump’s official announcement was made in November, there had been little doubt that Trump would run for reelection ever since he lost his reelection bid to President Joe Biden in 2020.