Thousands turned out for two local homecoming events on Saturday in honor of "American Idol" finalist Jessica Sanchez.
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Sanchez, who made an appearance at Petco Park Friday night, was among the top three contestants on "American Idol."
About 6,000 people turned out at Eastlake High School on Saturday morning to show their support for Sanchez. Sanchez, who is currently homeschooled, did attend Eastlake Middle School.
Many held homemade signs and banners proclaiming their support.
Rosemary Harro showed up at 4 a.m. to see her hometown star. She was determined to be the first one through the stadium gates when they opened at 9.a.m.
"We want her to win because she sings good," said Harro. "She's the best. Not only that
when she sings she sings from the heart. She doesn't sing karaoke. She sings from her heart. That's what touched my heart and that's why I'm here."
While Harro and thousands of others swarmed the stadium, a procession with Sanchez made its way to the school led by the marching band and cheer team.
Sanchez took the stage at about 11:15 a.m. and sang three songs, including a version of "I Will Always Love You," at which point, everyone erupted in cheers.
Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox also declared Saturday as Jessica Sanchez Day in the city of Chula Vista.
Since the city is strapped for cash, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation contributed $20,000 to help fund the free concert.
The second event began at about 2 p.m. on the flight deck of the Midway Museum in downtown San Diego. In front of a crowd of about 500 people, Sanchez performed four songs, including a rendition of the national anthem. (Click here to watch her sing the national anthem.
At the end of event, Sanchez left the flight deck in a helicopter, bound for Hollywood.
Portions of the Midway event will appear in the next "American Idol" episode, which will be broadcast nationally next Wednesday.
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