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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor-elect Kevin Stitt announced today the entertainment for the three inaugural balls taking place across the state between Jan. 10 and Jan. 14.
“Sarah and I are looking forward to a time of fellowship and live entertainment with Oklahomans from across the state,” said Governor-elect Kevin Stitt. “Our events will begin in Lawton, celebrating rural Oklahoma and welcoming Jimmie Allen to our state who has an inspiring story of achieving his dreams through hard work, faith, and commitment to family. We look forward to the continued celebration in our home town of Tulsa with MercyMe whose hit song made way for the movie ‘I Can Only Imagine’ featuring Oklahoma’s beautiful landscape. On inauguration day, we will celebrate in Oklahoma City with Oklahoma’s own Toby Keith, an award-winning country music artist who continues to give back to our communities as a job creator and philanthropist.”
The Lawton Preinaugural Bison Bash will feature rising country music artist Jimmie Allen. Allen has opened for Toby Keith and recently became the first African-American artist to send a debut single to the top of the Country Airplay Billboard chart. Allen was chosen by the Stitts because of his inspiring story of achieving the American Dream through hard work, persistency, and commitment to a goal.
The Lawton event will take place on January 10 at 7PM at the Comanche County Fair Grounds Coliseum. The evening includes a BBQ dinner, live entertainment and a time of fellowship with the governor-elect, first lady, and various other statewide officials. Tickets are $75 each.
The Tulsa Preinaugural Redbud Ball will feature the Tulsa Symphony, the Cherokee Youth Choir and MercyMe, the Christian rock band that wrote the song “I Can Only Imagine” which was adapted into a movie filmed in Oklahoma. The Tulsa ball will take place on January 12 at 7PM at the Cox Business Center. The black-tie evening includes a gourmet dinner, live entertainment and a time of fellowship with the governor-elect, first lady, and various other statewide officials. Tickets are $150 each.
The Oklahoma City inaugural ball will feature the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Cherokee Youth Choir, Jimmie Allen and Toby Keith. Toby Keith is an American country singer and songwriter who was born in Clinton, Oklahoma and raised in Moore. Keith is a businessman and a philanthropist, supporting Ally’s House, a non-profit in Oklahoma designed to aid children with cancer.
The OKC inaugural ball will take place on January 14 at 7PM at the Cox Convention Center, Renaissance Grand Ballroom. The black-tie evening includes a gourmet dinner, live entertainment and a time of fellowship with the newly sworn-in governor, first lady, and statewide officials. Tickets are $250 each.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.OklahomaTurnaround.com. Remaining proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Friends of the Mansion, a non-profit dedicated to providing for the preservation and improvement of the historic Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion and its grounds.
In the coming days, the Stitts will announce entertainment for the Scissortail Children’s Festival in Tulsa on Jan. 12. This event will include a special donation to non-profits supporting Oklahoma’s foster children and families.
Inaugural events that are free and open to the public include the official inaugural swearing-in ceremony at 11:30AM on Jan. 12 on the south side of the State Capitol. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a reception with the Governor, First Lady, and statewide officials inside the State Capitol. Seats are first come, first served. The public is encouraged to RSVP in order to receive updates on parking, weather, and more: https://www.oklahomaturnaround.com/inauguration-swearingin-ceremonyoklahoma-city/
On Jan. 13, the Governor and First Lady will participate in an inaugural prayer service at 9:30AM at First Baptist Moore. The service is free and open to the public. RSVP is encouraged: https://www.oklahomaturnaround.com/inaugural-prayer-serviceoklahoma-city/