FRANKFORT, KY (11/29/11) - The upcoming 59th Kentucky Governor’s Inauguration will cost significantly less than prior inaugurals but will still offer many free events suitable for Kentucky families, according to Inauguration Executive Director Bob Stewart.
The state’s two highest constitutional officers, Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jerry Abramson, will be sworn into office during a full day of festivities Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. The theme of the inauguration is “Kentucky Tomorrow,” and the Beshears and Abramsons are encouraging Kentuckians to recognize and consider Dec.13 as a day of service.
“We are very mindful of the current economic hardships across Kentucky as we plan this inauguration. We are looking at every possible way to be frugal.” Gov. Beshear said. “The vast majority of the cost of the inauguration will be covered by private funds.”
Event organizers will partner with many Kentucky vendors, use existing resources and reutilize and recycle when possible to create a more conservative event than in years past, Gov. Beshear said.
“While the inauguration is an event for all Kentuckians to enjoy, Governor Beshear and Lieutenant Governor-elect Abramson felt very strongly that our citizens should be able to enjoy our 59th inauguration without worry about the cost to taxpayers,” Stewart said.
As part of the event, the Honorary Co-Chairs will be former governors Wendell Ford, Julian Carroll, John Y. Brown Jr., Martha Layne Collins, Brereton Jones, Paul Patton and Ernie Fletcher.
Public Inaugural Events
All events below are free, open to the public and handicap accessible.
•Inaugural Worship Service, Frankfort Convention Center - 8:30 a.m.
Due to the change in location from a local church to the Frankfort Convention Center, this year marks the first time in recent years the inaugural worship service will be open to the public. Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth are invited to participate in the worship service – a nondenominational ceremony offering solemn preparation for the day’s events.
Worshippers and attendees are encouraged to drop off new toys or monetary donations at the service to benefit the Kentucky National Guard’s Operation Military Cheer, a program that supports Kentucky military families in need during the holiday season.
•Inaugural Parade - 10 a.m. - noon
The traditional inaugural parade will begin at the intersection of Wilkinson Boulevard and Broadway Street and will conclude in front of the Capitol.
Gov. Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear, and Lt. Governor-elect Abramson and Mrs. Abramson will wave to the crowd from open horse-drawn carriages provided by the Kentucky Horse Park.
•Swearing-in Ceremony, Capitol - 2 p.m.
Visitors may line up along the Capitol’s grand front steps to witness Gov. Beshear take his oath of office. This inauguration marks only the second time in the state’s history that a sitting governor will be sworn in to a second consecutive term. The ceremony will be emceed by Gov. Beshear’s younger son, Andrew. A musical prelude begins at 1 p.m. and seating is available for the public.
Lt. Governor-elect Abramson will be sworn in first, followed by the oath of office for Gov. Beshear. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. will administer the oath to both officials.
•Public Inaugural Reception, Kentucky History Center - 3:30 p.m.
The reception, hosted by the citizens of Frankfort, is open to all inaugural visitors. The museum will offer snacks and beverages. The Hall of Governors at the museum was recently remodeled and will be open to the public during this event.
•The Grand March, Capitol - 8 p.m.
The Grand March is a formal presentation of the Governor, newly-elected Lieutenant Governor and other constitutional officers, who will be sworn in Jan. 2. Music for the Grand March will be provided by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Attire for this event is black tie optional. Doors will open for this event at 7 p.m.
•Governor’s Inaugural Celebration, Frankfort Convention Center - 9 p.m.
Instead of several balls at multiple locations, Gov. Beshear requested a single, centralized celebration for all Kentuckians in Frankfort. This inaugural ball will be catered by Kentucky State Parks and will serve some of the Commonwealth’s favorite foods. Attire for this event is black tie optional. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and guests will be able to watch a live broadcast of the Grand March via on-site viewing screens.
Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear
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