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December 06, 2006 12:12 AM UTC

Ritter Announces Inauguration Schedule

  • by: Colorado Pols

Click below for the full press release…

Gov.-elect Bill Ritter today announced a full line-up of inaugural festivities that will kick off with a Jan. 9 swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol and conclude with a statewide plane tour. A dinner, concert and whistle-stop train tour also will round out the celebration.

Ritter said he hopes the various inaugural events will provide Coloradans with the same level of excitement they found along the campaign trail. “We have a lot of work to do once we take office, but first let’s have a little fun,” Ritter said.

“Our campaign was focused on fulfilling the Colorado Promise for all Coloradans, regardless of their economic, political or geographic station in life,” Ritter added. “We’re taking the same approach to the inauguration festivities. I want all of Colorado to have the opportunity to participate in this momentous occasion.”

Details about inaugural events and how to obtain tickets to the various events will be posted on a new inaugural website,

Inaugural events will begin early Tuesday, Jan. 9. Ritter and his wife, Jeannie, will attend a morning church service before the 11 a.m. swearing-in ceremony on the West Steps of the Capitol. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey will perform the swearing-in. Also being sworn in: Barbara O’Brien, lieutenant governor; Cary Kennedy, state treasurer; Mike Coffman, secretary of state; John Suthers, attorney general; and the University of Colorado regents.

The ceremony will be highlighted by a military fly-over, a canon salute, and live musical and dance performances representing Colorado’s diverse cultural communities.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Ritter will greet members of the public in an open receiving line in the Capitol rotunda. The public also is invited to enjoy light refreshments, including coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

The inaugural dinner and concert will take place Friday Jan. 12 at the Colorado Convention Center. A general reception will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the concert at 8:30 p.m.

Individual tickets to the dinner will be $60 and tickets to the concert will be $20. Visit for ticket-purchase information.

On Saturday Jan. 13, Ritter will ride a vintage Union-Pacific train along the Front Range for an old-fashioned whistle-stop tour. The inaugural train will start in Greeley and make stops for rallies and speeches in Brighton, Littleton, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The day will conclude with a spaghetti dinner at the Pueblo Union Depot. Tickets to ride the train with Ritter will be available for $300 by contacting Mark Benson at 303.675.0900,, 800 18th St., Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202.

The following weekend, Jan. 20-21, Ritter will embark on a multi-stop plane tour around the state.

To help underwrite the estimated $750,000 cost of the inauguration, corporate and individual sponsorships are being offered. Corporate sponsorship packages are available at $20,000 or $10,000 levels, and individual sponsorship packages are available for $2,500. Those interested in purchasing a sponsorship package should contact the Ritter Inaugural Finance Team at 303.534.0660 or

“We hope the entire state of Colorado thoroughly enjoys ringing in the new Ritter-O’Brien administration with this full slate of inaugural events,” said Inaugural Committee co-chairs Frances Koncilja and James Crowe. “These festivities will mark a great beginning to fulfilling the Colorado Promise.”


7 thoughts on “Ritter Announces Inauguration Schedule

  1. would be upset if the inaugural hoopla was cancelled and the dough to fund it was dispersed to charitable organizations that provide assistance in our community?

    If the lack of response to this thread is any indication, I’d say nobody here really cares about this. So, who attends these things and why?

      1. Although people tend to want a circus or two along with their bread.  And I can’t say Bill Ritter doesn’t deserve to celebrate a bit.

        It will be enlightening to see which corporate sponsors step up to the plate.

  2. Bill Ritter is showing the rest of Colorado’s politicians how to get around Amendment 41.  Just set up a non-profit!  That way you can collect all the money you want with no consequences.  I expect to see a lot of “non-profit” events to start occuring to promote this and that and the other.  It will be very interesting to see who contributes to the Governor-elect’s three quarter of a million dollar statewide party, and what happens to them in the next four years.  No more quid pro quo?  Don’t be silly.

    1. the football game fly-overs?  I went to a CU/CSU game a few years ago and three B52 bombers flew over.  Every home Bronco game begins with fly overs. Do the football teams pay?

  3. At least Bill is giving every Coloradan a chance to participate in his inaguration if one chooses to do so.  We may not all be able to ride the train, but Bill will keep his “Colorado Promise” to be Governor for all the people of this state.

    After all these months and months of campaigning, Bill Ritter deserves to celebrate in style.  Personally, I wish him all the best because we are the ones who will benefit from his passion and concern for the betterment of our state.

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