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Bicentennial celebration continues

Bicentennial celebration continues Bicentennial celebration continues

Corydon, one of Indiana’s oldest towns and its first State Capitol, continues the celebration of the 200th anniversary of its founding on Saturday with an observance dubbed the ‘Official Honorary Event.’
The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site in downtown Corydon, will be ‘like an old-fashioned gathering’ of residents, dignitaries and visitors, ‘much like we envision happened 100 years ago at the centennial celebration,’ said Pam Bennett Martin, chairwoman of the bicentennial committee.
Elected officials from the local, state and federal governments will make comments and presentations during the celebration. In addition, the 113th U.S. Army Band Dragoons from Fort Knox, Ky., will perform and two local musicians, Sharon Simpson and Beth Bostock, both of Corydon, will sing ‘The Pastoral Elegy,’ the song from which William Henry Harrison took the name Corydon upon its founding. A barbershop quartet, The Light Brigade, will usher in the unveiling of a new monument to the late Gov. Frank O’Bannon and his family. The day will wrap up with an ice cream social served by Culver’s of Corydon.
Jim Epperson, executive director of the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said 500 chairs will be set up for the program.
‘But we expect more people,’ he said. ‘Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.’
A shuttle service will be provided by Blue River Services Inc. between the old Keller Manufacturing Co.’s north parking lot and the town square.
Prior to the program, costumed interpreters will portray historical characters from Corydon’s past beginning at 9.
Other events for the day include:
‘ A Container Flower Competition along Chestnut Street.
‘ The showing of ‘Harrison County ‘ A Big Land in a Small Place’ video in the Wright Interpretive Center.
‘ A Fashion Show of 1800 Clothing in the Wright Interpretive Center beginning at noon.
‘ Car Show Display at the Harrison County Fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m.
Other special events are scheduled for later in the year. For more information on bicentennial events, visit For Historic Corydon and Harrison County visitor information, visit