All of the photos here were taken with my D4 and 24-70mm f/2.8G lens.
Anyways, since it was the "grand re-opening and dedication" there was approximately the entire population of the whole state in this one building. They had a long ribbon running pretty much the whole length of the main hallway and had given everyone scissors so that everyone could take part in the official ribbon cutting. I thought that was a very nice gesture.
You can see waaaay at the end there was (i believe) the governor giving a speech on the history of the state and how happy he was that the center was opening once again after the expansion.
There were quite a few other photographers there, so I stayed out of the way since I wasn't getting paid to be there. Saw quite a few people with Canon Rebel series cameras too. Plus one poor girl who was hauling around 2 Nikon D800s with a 16-35 and a 70-200 and 2 speedlights. That is one reason why I am buying this Fuji gear, despite me taking my D4 out for this event. Oh well, to each their own.
I also saw someone who was toting around a Panasonic GH4. I really should have talked to him about it, since that is the camera that I will most likely get if I end up getting more Wedding Video contracts next summer. Hopefully some of his shots turned out, as he was using it all handheld with a non-stabilized lens.
The time came for the ribbon cutting. Much excitement and clapping!
The opened up the new exhibit hall after this, which featured more of the recent history and plans for the future of North Dakota considering the oil boom and all that. Pretty nice, but not as interesting to me as the older history.
I'll include a gallery with a couple photos from the newer exhibit hall as well:
Anyways, it was a nice little event for something to do on a Sunday afternoon on a beautiful day.