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Governor-elect invites Mainers to inauguration

FARMINGTON, Maine Governor-elect Janet Mills announced that tickets for the inauguration are now available to the public and can be reserved at

The inauguration which will consist of a joint legislative session, the swearing-in ceremony and the governor’s inaugural address, among other celebratory events will begin at 6 p.m. on the constitutionally set day of Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, the “first Wednesday after the first Tuesday in January,” at the Augusta Civic Center.

“An inauguration is about the people of Maine and honoring our heritage, our traditions, and our future,” said Governor-elect Mills. “I invite people across the state to join us for this time-honored tradition as we look to lead Maine in a new, better direction.”

Tickets are required for entry. Members of the public who have not received an invitation in the mail are able to reserve a ticket at The website will prompt the ticket-seeker to enter their name, address, and email, and, once completed, the ticket will be available to print in PDF format, emailed to the recipient, and can also be held at will call on site at the Civic Center. Those unable to reserve a ticket online can call (207) 209-4270 to reserve one. Tickets are reserved on a first come, first served basis until the Civic Center’s capacity is reached.  

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Guests should be seated by 5:45 p.m. For security reasons, no backpacks or large bags will be allowed. Carpooling to the inauguration is highly recommended. In addition to the Augusta Civic Center, parking will be available at the University of Maine Augusta and Maine Municipal Association after 5 p.m. Additional information about parking and hotel options can be found at

In line with past inaugural events, the Inaugural Celebration, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, is by invitation only and will feature to-be-announced entertainment and showcase food and beverages from businesses across the state. Costs for the inaugural event will be covered by a $20 ticketing charge, as well as by donations raised through the Mills Inaugural Committee.

A detailed schedule of events that will occur during the inauguration, as well as the governor-elect’s schedule for inauguration day, is being finalized and will be released when completed.

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