Goodwin said the gala's menu will also feature West Virginia favorites. With the ball limited to 2,000 tickets, around 500 will be available to the public at $75 each through the Clay Center box office.
Next Monday will mark Tomblin's second inauguration in as many years. He narrowly won a 2011 special election to finish the term of now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. Around 1,000 people attended that ceremony, held on a warm, breezy, cloudless November afternoon.
But Tomblin also took part in a scaled-down version of an inauguration in November 2010, one day after Manchin resigned as governor to take the Senate seat that the fellow Democrat won in a special election that month.
The West Virginia Constitution calls on the Senate president -- Tomblin had held that post for a record 15 years when Manchin stepped down -- to act as governor upon such vacancies. The 2010 event was termed an investiture, featured a special oath crafted for the occasion and was held in the grand foyer of the state Capitol outside the Senate Chamber.
The Capitol also hosted an inaugural ceremony in 2009, with Manchin taking the oath to begin his second term as governor. That inauguration was held on the north steps, amid severe winter weather and snow that prevented several high school bands from making the trip to participate.
That and other recent West Virginia inaugural ceremonies had incorporated activities arising from Martin Luther King Jr. Day, particularly a morning parade with a route that has ended at the Capitol by way of Kanawha Boulevard. But with the holiday falling on Jan. 21, that won't happen this year. The state constitution sets the date of the inauguration, as the first Monday after the second Wednesday of the January following the election.
A special committee raises funds for the inaugural ball and related festivities. A private reception for sponsors is scheduled for Sunday evening at the Culture Center. It will feature a private concert with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the 2011 winner of "America's Got Talent" who, like Tomblin, is a Logan County native. Goodwin did not have an estimate Friday on the amount raised by the committee.
Online: W.Va. Governor's office: www.governor.wv.gov
Clay Center box office: (304)-561-3570.