CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Organizers hope West Virginia's upcoming inauguration ceremony and related festivities will be all about the Mountain State.
"West Virginia First" is the theme for Jan. 14, when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will take his oath after winning a full term as the state's chief executive.
"Gov. Tomblin wanted to highlight that which we all know about West Virginians is that they put West Virginia first," spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said in a statement.
The 1 p.m. inaugural ceremony is scheduled for the south steps of the state Capitol. Public parking options include metered spaces in the northwestern corner of the campus, just off Interstate 64/77.
While the weather forecast is for temperatures in the high 40s and a 30 percent chance of scattered showers, those wishing to stay indoors can catch the ceremony online via the governor's website. Planning also includes satellite access for TV broadcasts.
The five other statewide executive branch officers elected Nov. 6 will also be sworn in during the ceremony. They include two newcomers: Republican Patrick Morrisey as attorney general and state Sen. Walt Helmick, a Democrat, as agriculture commissioner. A public reception and receiving line will follow in the Great Hall of the nearby Culture Center.
A 7 p.m., black-tie-optional gala will close out the day's events. Usually held at the Civic Center, this inaugural ball is slated for the Clay Center in downtown Charleston. The Clay Center features an 1,883-seat performance hall, a theater that can seat up to 200, art galleries and a science museum, and organizers plan to use much of the facility's 240,000 square feet.
Ten musical acts from around the state will be playing throughout the center, according to organizers. Besides the West Virginia Symphony Brass Quintet, two hail from Charleston: the Ryan Kennedy Trio and jazz pianist Bob Thompson. Organizers have also invited fiddler Adam DeGraff of Lewisburg; Grafton's Taylor Made; Matt Jones and the Road from Beckley; the Soul Miners of Morgantown; the Davisson Brothers from Clarksburg; Huntington's City Heat; and the Street Players from Tomblin's native Logan County.
"Having grown up in the Mountain State, Gov. Tomblin also wanted to showcase some of our greatest musical talent throughout the state," Goodwin said.