After four years and $310 million spent restoring the state Capitol, festivities are planned this weekend to officially celebrate the grand re-opening of the 112-year-old St. Paul building as a massive refurbishing project has been completed.

State Representative Dean Urdahl says organizers anticipate 100,000 people could attend the weekend festivities. He says this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so you can expect a high level of interest. He says the work that has been done is simply stunning.

Urdahl says there is just so much to see, especially with the details. He says the Capitol is once again the living museum Cass Gilbert envisioned when he designed it more than 100 years ago.

Urdahl authored the bill which created the Capitol Preservation Commission which guided the restoration process and served on the panel himself. He also authored a bill which funded part of the $310 million in refurbishments.

A complete itinerary and more regarding this weekend’s grand opening events is available at