RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In just over 12 hours Virginia will have a new governor and it's coming with a lot of pomp and circumstance. Organizers have been busy all day preparing for Saturday's inauguration of Bob McDonnell.
Believe it or not it took several weeks to get to where they are now. This will be the first inauguration held here at the capital in 8 years. The night before the inauguration of Virginia's 71st governor preparations for the main event are still underway. The stage is set and all the seating is in place as organizers try to finish getting things in order.
"It's about a 5 week process to get that going. They focus first on the bleachers for the public and then did the inauguration platform on the capitol last," said Bruce Jamerson.
Jamerson is the Clerk of the House and has been taking part in all the setup. Preparations began about 5 weeks ago in early December. And as the ceremony approaches there's still a lot of work to be done.
"We're getting the final touches for any dignitaries that may be coming from foreign countries, congressional delegation, former governors, lieutenant governors, and attorney generals who will be here for the inauguration," said Jamerson.
Several streets downtown are closed for traffic control and extra police presence is in place for security purposes.
"We want to make sure that they are able to enjoy the ceremony without the threat of fear and intimidation. We want to make sure that they are in as a safe and secure of an environment as possible," said Randall Howard, Capital Police.
Close to 6,000 people are expected to witness Virginia's next governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general get sworn in. If you plan on attending capitol police are asking that you do not bring any open containers. This will slow down the security screening process. The inauguration begins at noon.