Matthew Bevin


Jenean Hampton

Lieutenant Governor

Full Day of Festivities Planned for Inauguration

FRANKFORT, KY (December 3, 2015) – The Dec. 8 inauguration is less than a week away, and plans are being finalized for the day’s events.

“We are thrilled with the feedback we are getting about next week’s inauguration,” said Kelly Knight, Inaugural Committee Chairwoman. “We are looking forward to Kentuckians from all parts of the state joining us for the day’s events.”

Inaugural Worship Service

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 8 am • 405 Mero St, Frankfort, KY 40601

The morning worship service, which was moved to the Frankfort Convention Center, will also serve as a toy drive for the Kentucky National Guard Assistance Center. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for any age child. Those toys will be distributed throughout the state to children of deployed Kentucky National Guard families.

Backpacks, duffle bags and other large bags will not be permitted inside the Frankfort Convention Center.

The service is open to the public. Admission is free.

Media note: A media riser will be located at the rear of the floor area.


2015 Inaugural Parade

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 10 am • Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601

The Inaugural Parade will offer a variety of bands and floats from across the Commonwealth. The parade will focus on honoring and giving thanks to those Kentuckians who have served in our armed forces.

The parade route and street closings map can be found here.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live on KET.


Official Swearing-In Ceremony

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 2 pm • 700 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601

Governor-Elect Matt Bevin and Lt. Governor-Elect Jenean Hampton will be publicly sworn in as the next Governor and Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Frankfort Welcome Party

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 4 pm to 7 pm • 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601

Renowned Kentucky musician Ricky Skaggs will be the featured performer at an inaugural celebration at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

It is a tradition for Frankfort and Franklin County officials, along with the local tourism and convention commission, to welcome the incoming Governor and his family to the community. A reception to honor that event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the History Center.

Immediately following the welcome ceremony, guests will move to the History Center’s beautiful and spacious Cralle Day Garden, where the Bevin-Hampton Inaugural Committee will host a bluegrass celebration featuring Skaggs and several other renowned Kentucky musicians.

The event is free and open to the public.


The Grand March

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7 pm • 700 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601, Frankfort, KY 40601

The Grand March is a tradition dating back to the mid-19th Century, during which newly elected constitutional officers are formally introduced to the public. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, and is free and open to the public.

Governor Bevin, Lt. Governor Hampton, constitutional officers, legislative leaders and their partners descend one couple at a time from the third floor of the Capitol to the Rotunda. Once all have reached the Rotunda, the Owensboro Symphony will play, with Governor and Mrs. Bevin having the first dance.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be broadcast live on KET.