Indiana’s Bicentennial is all about celebrating 200 years of the Hoosier state. It’s a way to honor our beautiful state by holding events to bring communities together and make memories that’ll last for generations to come. The signature event for this celebration is the Indiana Torch Relay! The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is designed to inspire and bring together Hoosiers as one during the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch” connecting generations to IGNITE our future. The torch will run through 92 countries, cover 2300 miles over a five week period, averaging 72 miles per day. The Torch Relay will begin in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and end in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds.
Who will hold and pass on the torch? That answer is up to you! Nominate anyone who you feel deserves to participate in this once in a lifetime event. The torch will be transported by people, passing the flame from torch bearer to torch bearer. The relay will also include other types of transportation that are symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, a racecar, horse and wagon, antique automobile, and others.
Aside from the relay there will be many different types of celebrating all varying throughout the state. Music, theater arts, arts, crafts, and much more will be in full swing!
http://www.in.gov/arts/2847.htm This website holds all of the information for these events! Find out what your county is doing to celebrate!
Torch Relay: Facts
- 2,300 mile journey across the state traveling through 92 counties
- The Torch Relay will begin in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds
- The relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity across the state by connecting people, communities, and regions
- Starts on September 9, 2016 and ends October 15, 2016
- The torch will travel 6 days per week (Mondays rest day) for 5 weeks/32 days
- Walkers, runners and torch bearers employing modes of transportation that are representative of Indiana culture and heritage will move the torch along its route
- Torch Bearers will be chosen from nominations by each county in the state
- The torch will be accompanied by a caravan that includes a Mobile Visitors Center
- The Torch Relay will conclude on the Statehouse Grounds with a grand celebration for all Hoosiers