Delegates arrive in Charlotte for the start of the DNC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Hundreds of Democratic National Convention delegates from around the country arrived in Charlotte Saturday night.

Some of them told Eyewitness News if they have a great time as delegates, they'd want to come back in the future as tourists.

22-year-old Kelsey Liddy is one of the nearly 6,000 DNC delegates.

"First time to a convention, and first time in Charlotte," said the Nebraska native. "I'm so excited to be here."

She said she's excited to explore Charlotte nightlife and the restaurants around Uptown. In fact, Liddy said if she has a great time this week, she'll consider going to grad school here to study political science.

"There's a young community here, lots of opportunity here," Liddy said.

Some delegates are already retired, and said they're excited for the culture and museums.

"We're going to do as many educational and cultural things as we can," Bonnie Harris.

Carolyn Boyce from Idaho is more of a seasoned pro at democratic conventions. This is her fifth convention, and she's never before been to North Carolina.

"Coming to Charlotte I hope to learn about southern hospitality, southern food and your culture. I'm looking forward to that. Everything I hear about Charlotte is positive," Boyce said.

She said she likes to return to the host cities after the conventions are over to better explore the city. Eyewitness News asked Boyce what it would take for her to come back to the Queen City.

"You just look for the people, what there is to do while you're here. Just an overall feeling if it's some place you'd like to come and vacation," Boyce said.

There will be an official welcoming party Sunday afternoon at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame. City leaders will greet hundreds of delegates and highlight some of the attractions the city has to offer.