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Big day for O'boro as Convention Center officially opens

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

It's a big day for the City of Owensboro. The new Convention Center will officially open.

Organizers have planned a full weekend of events to celebrate the occasion:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 (GRAND OPENING GALA)

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Cocktail Reception and Building Tours (All Areas)
  • 7:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. | Grand Gala (Exhibit Halls 123)
  • 9:00 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. | Sara Evans Performance (Exhibit Halls 123)
  • 10:15 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Jimmy Church Band (West Ballroom)  

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Official Ribbon Cutting (Front of Convention Center)
  • 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Open House Tours (All Areas)
  • 6:00 p.m. | Doors reopen for concert
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Marty Brown - Free Concert (Exhibit Halls 123)
  • 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | The Willis Clan - Free Concert (Exhibit Halls 123)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

  • 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Open to General Public (All Areas)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Lunch (West Ballroom)
  • 1:30 p.m. | Interfaith Blessing (West Ballroom)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Big Football Game Viewing Party
  • (Exhibit Halls 123 & Throughout the building.)

Thursday crews began setting up for the grand opening gala that will take place tonight. Organizers are expecting over 2,000 people to attend.

The gala will feature entertainment by CMA award winning artist Sara Evans.

Saturday will be the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the center as well as the Hampton Inn and Suites.

After the ceremony the doors will open and the public will get a chance to tour the facilities and on Sunday you can come and watch the super bowl on the big screen at the center.

The Convention Center has already booked 27 conventions so far and this three day celebration will just be the start of a month filled with exciting events.

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