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Weekend activities prelude to Pence inauguration ceremony

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Children’s activities, a formal ball and a worship service are planned this weekend in Indianapolis to celebrate Columbus native Mike Pence’s inauguration Monday as Indiana’s 50th governor.

The governor-elect and his wife, Karen, wanted inaugural events to be enjoyable and accessible to many Hoosiers, said Christy Denault, communications director for Mike Pence for Indiana.

The children’s activities will be Saturday afternoon, the formal ball Saturday night and the worship service Sunday afternoon. The traditional, outdoor swearing-in ceremony will be Monday morning.

All of the public activities are free except for the ball and dinner Saturday at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. Registration, however, is required for all activities to help organizers plan for the number of people.

Registration can be completed online at and tickets printed out from home.

Activities for children and adults are planned for this weekend to mark the inauguration of Gov.-elect Mike Pence.

All activities, except Saturday's ball and dinner, are free, but registration is required online at

Attendees of all events are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the Midwest Food Bank. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

Event details:

  •     Family fun day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dallara IndyCar Factory, 1201 Main St., Speedway.
  •     Inaugural ball, dinner and dance, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the JW Marriott, 10 South West St., Indianapolis. Deadline has passed for reservations.
  •     Inaugural praise and worship service, 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. Former Indianapolis Colts punter Hunter Smith's band, the Hunter Smith Band, will perform.
  •    Inauguration ceremony, 11 a.m. Monday, Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis.

For more information, please read Wednesday's Republic.

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