The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state.
The torch relay route showcases locations of natural beauty, local interest and/or historic significance to the state.
It will start in September 2016 in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capitol, and culminate with a celebration in October on the statehouse grounds in Indianapolis.
Handling of Torch
The torch relay will be in Switzerland County on Saturday, September 17.
Accompanying the torch will be a mobile visitor center serving as an interactive museum, which will be open to the public from 9am – noon. It’s exhibits highlight important milestones during Indiana’s first 200 years.
A torch is the centerpiece of our state flag, representing liberty, enlightenment and Indiana’s far reaching influence. The Switzerland County torch relay will begin in Vevay, travel north on State Road 56, and end in East Enterprise.
The torch itself is being designed by engineering faculty and students at Purdue University. It will be primarily transported by individual people, passing the flame from torch bearer to torch bearer.
Additional Modes of Transportation
Other modes of transportation will also be employed that are symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, a race car, horse and wagon, and antique automobile. Nominations for torch bearers can be placed beginning March 2015 on the Indiana 2016 website.
“Hoosiers from every county in Indiana will have the opportunity to showcase their state pride by choosing how the torch will travel through their county. I look forward to seeing their creativity,” – First Lady Karen Pence. Volunteer county coordinators will organize torch relay activities in their respective counties. Hoosiers interested in volunteering can sign up at the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay website.
This event will be headquartered at:
128 West Main Street
Vevay, IN 47043