Tickets sold out for inaugural ball

Tickets sold out for inaugural ball Tickets for one of three inaugural balls in Pierre on Jan. 11 have sold out, but tickets are still available for two other evening balls.

Nine hundred tickets for the formal Inaugural Ball at the Ramkota River Centre sold out in less than five days. Tickets for the balls went on sale Monday, Dec. 2.

"This was the latest we started selling tickets in recent memory, and it's the fastest we've ever sold out an inaugural event," said Pierre Mayor Dennis Eisnach. "We're very pleased that there is so much excitement already about the inaugural."

Eisnach said there are still tickets available for the two other evening balls.

The formal Capitol Ball at the state Capitol begins at 6 p.m. and features the Pierre big band Over Forte. The informal Celebration Dance at the Kings Inn begins at 8 p.m. and features South Dakota recording artists Kory and the Fireflies.

All three balls feature a grand march to introduce Governor-elect Mike Rounds and First Lady Jean Rounds, as well as other elected officials.

Tickets cost $20 per person for each ball. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-224-6300 (toll free) or 605-224-6300 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Tickets can also be purchased in Pierre at the following locations: The Chamber of Commerce, the Wheat Commission building, the Pierre Street Emporium, American State Bank, BankWest, First National Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.

The three evening balls culminate the daylong inaugural festivities on Jan. 11, 2003.

State legislators will take their oaths in ceremonies at 11 a.m. in the House and Senate chambers in the state Capitol. The governor-elect and other elected officials will take their oaths in a 12 p.m. ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. A receiving line on the first floor of the Capitol will follow the oath of office ceremonies for the public to meet the elected officials.

The oath of office ceremonies are open and free to the public, although limited seating is available.

A hot-air balloon launch is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Hilger's Gulch, weather permitting, and a performing arts showcase is set for 3 p.m. at the Visitors Center located next to the Capitol on Capitol Lake. The balloon launch and arts showcase are open and free to the public.

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