Public can buy tickets for Kentucky's pre-inaugural ball in D.C.

You can attend a Kentucky-themed pre-inaugural ball in the nation's capital for $353.50 — or take along nine friends for an even $4,000.

The Bluegrass Ball is a Jan. 19 black-tie event sponsored by the Kentucky Society, which has decided to make tickets available to the public.

Gov. Steve Beshear, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional and state officials are expected to attend the event at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel the night before President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office.

More than 1,400 people are expected at the ball, which includes a reception, dancing, music and Kentucky food.

For more information, and to order tickets, go to