Governor to take oath for fourth term on Jan. 9 A hot air balloon launch and two evening balls are among the events scheduled to mark the inauguration of Gov. Bill Janklow when he takes the oath of office for a record fourth term on Saturday, Jan. 9.
The governor and other South Dakota constitutional officers will take their oaths in a ceremony at 12 noon (CT) in the Capitol rotunda. Hot air balloons will launch from Hilger's Gulch park behind the Capitol at approximately 2:30 p.m., weather permitting. An arts showcase featuring musical performances is set for 3:30 p.m. at Riggs High School. The state Cultural Heritage Center and the National Guard Museum will be open free of charge.
The first inaugural ball of the day runs 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda. The second ball is at the Pierre Ramkota RiverCentre from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The governor and the first lady, Mary Dean Janklow, will be honored with a ceremonial introduction at each ball.
Janklow said he won't forget the scene as he descended the Capitol's grand staircase at the 1995 ball. "When you look down, and all the people are looking up, the music is playing, the Air and Army National Guard are lined up along the steps, it is a magnificent sight. It really impresses upon you the honor and responsibility of the office which the public has entrusted you with," he said.
The inaugural balls are open to the public. Tickets to the balls are $12.50 each. Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-888-904-1999 (toll free). A separate ticket is required for each ball.
Souvenir buttons that feature the governor and the first lady are also available for $5. Proceeds help cover expenses for the celebrations, which are coordinated by the City of Pierre Inaugural Committee. Rick and Carolyn Jorgensen of Pierre are serving as co-chairpersons for the festivities.
For further information, contact Rick Jorgensen at the Pierre Chamber of Commerce office at 605-224-7361.