Toby Keith among performers for Governor-elect's inaugural balls
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Entertainment has been announced for Governor-elect Kevin Stitt's three inaugural balls across the state.
The balls will take place Jan. 10, 12 and 14 in Lawton, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City, respectively.
The Lawton Preinaugural Bison Bash will feature Jimmie Allen, rising country star. Allen is the first African American artist to top the Country Airplay Billboard chart with his debut single.
A BBQ dinner, live entertainment, and fellowship with Governor-elect Stitt will start at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Comanche County Fair Grounds Coliseum. Tickets cost $75 each.
The Tulsa Symphony, the Cherokee Youth Choir and MercyMe will be the performers for the Tulsa Preinaugural Redbud Ballon Jan. 12.
Headliners MercyMe is a Christian rock band and wrote the song "I Can Only Imagine," which became a movie filmed in Oklahoma.
The Tulsa ball is a black-tie affair that will take place at 7 p.m. at the Cox Business Center. Tickets are $150 each.
Toby Keith will headline the Oklahoma City inaugural ball along with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Cherokee Youth Choir, and Jimmie Allen on Jan. 14.
American country singer Keith was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, and raised in Moore. Along his country music career Keith has his own non-profit, The Toby Keith Foundation, which operates OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home for children with cancer.
The Cox Convention Center, Renaissance Grand Ballroom will host the black-tie evening with a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, and fellowship with the Stitts. Tickets are $250 each.
To enjoy these events you must purchase tickets in advance at www.oklahomaturnaround.com. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Friends of the Mansion, which provides for the preservation and improvement of the historic Oklahoma Governor's Mansion.
Free events include the official inaugural swearing-in ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 on the south side of the State Capitol followed by a ceremony and reception with the Governor, First Lady, and statewide officials inside the State Capitol. The public is encouraged to RSVP and seats are first come first serve. More information can be found at oklahomaturnaround.com.
The Governor and First Lady will also attend an inaugural prayer service at 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist Moore which is free and open to the public.
Governor-elect Kevin Stitt said of the inauguration events, "Sarah and I are looking forward to a time of fellowship and live entertainment with Oklahomans from across the state."