Tickets available for 1999 Inaugural Ball Tickets available to the 1999 Inaugural Ball are now available. Ticket sales began the day after the general election, according to Rick and Carolyn Jorgensen, who co-chair the event for the city of Pierre.
The three inaugural balls are the finales to the daylong inaugural celebration Pierre will host Jan. 9 to honor state and local elected officials. Other events are open to the public without charge, but all seating is reserved.
Although inaugural celebration planning began in August, the City of Pierre Inaugural Committee can now proceed with suggestions from the governor and his luetenant governor as they prepare for one of South Dakota's only formal, state-wide events.
Inaugural balls scheduled for the Capitol Rotunda from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and at the Pierre Ramkota RiverCentre from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. are designated as formal. The celebration dance slated for the Kings Inn Convention Center from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. will be casual.
Each ball will include a grand march and introduction of the governor and first lady, the luetenant governor and other members of the inaugural party.
Tickets may be ordered by calling (888) 904-1999. Calls are toll-free and operators will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Operators will provide mailing information.
Tickets for each ball are $12.50 per person, or $25 per couple. A separate ticket is needed for each ball. All tickets can be ordered by phone, and the Jorgensens encouraged callers to purchase by credit card for fastest service. Tickets will be limited to the space available. Inaugural buttons also go on sale Nov. 4, for $5 each. They are strictly souvenir and collector buttons, according to Jorgensen. The buttons do not allow admittance to the balls. Money from button sales helps defray celebration expenses.
"It's going to be an exciting day, and it's our pleasure to invite the citizens of South Dakota to join us in Pierre for this historic event," Rick Jorgensen said. Nearly 4,000 citizens and dignitaries from across the state attended the 1995 Inauguration and festivities.
Other events of the day, including the Oath of Office ceremonies for state legislators and constitutional and elected officers, and the Visual and Performing Arts Showcase are open to the public free of charge.
Visitors to the Capital City are invited to visit the new Visitor Center next to Capital Lake, the Cultural Heritage Center, the National Guard Museum, the Discovery Center and other local points of interest throughout the day.