[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/26/palin.picnic/art.palin.picnic.cnn.jpg caption="Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visits hometown of Wasilla two days before stepping down from her post."]
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was met with a fairly warm reception at a picnic in Anchorage on Saturday, a day before she steps down as the state's governor.
Supporters displayed signs, including "Palin 2012" and "Palin, you're as great as Alaska." The few dissenters in the crowd said they wanted to come down and see what the hoopla was about.
Palin and Lt. Gov Sean Parnell, who will replace her, passed out burgers and hot dogs at the food line. Media and the crowd were kept at a distance, and were often pushed back by security officers and Palin's personal handlers.
The governor will transfer gubernatorial power to Parnell in Fairbanks on Sunday.
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