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Two halls in the Kentucky International Convention Center are being readied for inauguration events.

The day will begin with a breakfast at 7:30 in exhibit hall 2-C. The hall will be decorated with set-pieces that look like various Louisville landmarks. On Thursday morning, Rebecca Baldwin watched crews assemble a replica of Metro Hall that she painted.

“…and these guys have the hardest part of the job…putting it all together. I don’t know how they do what they do,” she says.

The event is free, but tickets must be ordered from Mayor-elect Greg Fischer’s transition staff. Katy Schneider is the chair of the breakfast. She says many tickets have already been claimed.

“We’re hoping two thousand,” she says. “It’s very much a grassroots effort, pulling it together. It’s a totally a volunteer effort. We’re going to have a real festival atmosphere. We’ll have a lot of performers.”

About two thousand people are expected to attend the breakfast. It will be followed by a prayer service, the inauguration itself, then a gala in the evening. All of the events are being paid for with private donations.