Kentucky congressmen excited for Bluegrass Ball inauguration celebration

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKYT) - Whether a Republican or a Democrat wins the White House, Kentucky celebrates with the Bluegrass Ball.

The Bluegrass Ball is a must attend for Kentucky Senators and Congressmen. The ball is put on for each inauguration by the Kentucky Society of Washington. This year's event will be held on Wednesday night.

WKYT's Sam Dick sat down with Reps. Andy Barr and Hal Rogers, in addition to Sen. Mitch McConnell, to talk about why the ball is an important event for Kentucky in the nation's Capital.

McConnell said, "I've been to them all for 30 years. I must admit, the Bluegrass Ball is a lot more fun when your party is celebrating the arrival of a Republican President than it is when the Democratic Party succeeds. I've been to both, and it's sort of a celebration of not only the orderly transfer of power in this country which we've done every four years since 1792 but also a celebration of your own state and what you're known for. And Kentucky has a lot to be proud of."

"I've been to, I think, 10 or 11 inaugurations and all of them have the Kentucky ball, and it's the highlight for people like me, to see the home folks dressed up, celebrating Kentucky," said Rep. Hal Rogers.

"The governor will be here, the Senators, the House members, state officials, and the like, but most importantly people. There's a bus load coming up from my district for the shin dig, so it's a fun thing, and it makes you proud to be a Kentuckian," Rogers added.

"This will be a celebration of the new opportunities of the coming administration, the coming Congress but it's also, regardless of the politics that are going on, it's a celebration of Kentucky," said Rep. Andy Barr. "And the Kentucky Society in Washington, D.C. does a great job of showcasing our signature industries."

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