The Washington Times - August 3, 2012, 04:47PM

The presidential election is more than three months away, but for thirsty folks who attend inauguration events in January there already is a winner.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Friday the Saratoga Springs Water Co. of upstate New York has been chosen as the official bottled water at the 57th presidential inauguration ceremonies on Jan. 21, 2013.

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“Saratoga Spring water has long been one of my beverages of choice, so when given the opportunity to share its iconic blue bottle with hundreds of guests at the presidential inauguration, it was a no brainer,” said the New York Democrat after touring the generations-old bottling facility.

The senator is chairman of the 2013 Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which is tasked with helping choose which food and beverages will be featured at the inauguration.

The committee also plans the events that take place at the Capitol on inauguration day. They include the swearing-in ceremonies of the president and vice president on the West Front overlooking the National Mall and the inaugural luncheon. The luncheon, for 232 invited dignitaries, takes place in Statuary Hall in the Capitol following the swearing-in ceremonies. Mr. Schumer will be master of ceremonies for both events.