Crews Preparing Convention Center For Inauguration

by Gabe Bullard on December 30, 2010

Two halls in the Kentucky International Convention Center are being readied for inauguration events.

The day will begin with a breakfast at 7:30 in exhibit hall 2-C. The hall will be decorated with set-pieces that look like various Louisville landmarks. On Thursday morning, Rebecca Baldwin watched crews assemble a replica of Metro Hall that she painted.

“…and these guys have the hardest part of the job…putting it all together. I don’t know how they do what they do,” she says.

The event is free, but tickets must be ordered from Mayor-elect Greg Fischer’s transition staff. Katy Schneider is the chair of the breakfast. She says many tickets have already been claimed.

“We’re hoping two thousand,” she says. “It’s very much a grassroots effort, pulling it together. It’s a totally a volunteer effort. We’re going to have a real festival atmosphere. We’ll have a lot of performers.”

About two thousand people are expected to attend the breakfast. It will be followed by a prayer service, the inauguration itself, then a gala in the evening. All of the events are being paid for with private donations.

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