Thompson will visit Iowa next week.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - He hasn't even officially announced he's running at this point, but former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee will make his first stop in the early-voting state of Iowa next Friday.
Sources close to the Thompson campaign confirmed today that the politician-turned-actor-turned likely Republican presidential candidate will make an appearance at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
The Des Moines Register, which sponsors what it calls a political soapbox at the fair, posted signs Thursday that said Thompson is scheduled to speak at the soapbox next Friday.
Thursday’s roster of speakers included Republican Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Duncan Hunter of California and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.
Scheduled to show up at the soapbox this Friday are, in order of appearance, Chicago businessman John Cox and former GOP Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin.
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, will speak on Monday.
On Tuesday, fair attendees will hear Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, will have his shot Thursday, and Thompson will take the microphone last on Friday.
- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch