40 residents to move torch through Harrison County
Forty Harrison County residents were selected to carry the Indiana Bicentennial Torch as it makes its way from downtown Corydon to the Harrison-Crawford County line on Friday.
Larry Bennett, chairman of the local torch relay committee, said people were asked to make nominations late last year, and those nominations were culled to the 40 selected.
The public is invited to attend Friday’s kick-off celebration of the torch relay that will begin in Indiana’s first state capital then spend the next five weeks (32 days with Mondays serving as a day of rest) traveling 3,200 miles through the state’s other 91 counties. The torch relay will end in Indianapolis on Oct. 15 on the Statehouse grounds, where a celebration will take place for anyone wishing to attend.
In order to secure the downtown Corydon area for the torch relay and those who come to the kick-off celebration, several streets will be closed beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Those streets are:
Capitol Avenue between High and Chestnut streets.
Chestnut Street between Water and Mulberry streets.
Walnut Street between Water and Mulberry streets.
Cherry Street between Capitol Avenue and Oak Street.
Beaver Street between Oak and Elm streets.
High Street between Capitol Avenue and Water Street.
Water Street between High and Walnut streets.
Oak Street between Walnut and Chestnut streets.
Elm Street between Walnut and Chestnut streets.
A free shuttle service will begin at 8:30 from the YMCA of Harrison County to the north of downtown and from the Harrison County Fairgrounds to the south.
The official program will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
After former First Lady Judy O’Bannon receives the flame from a Johnathan Jennings, she will pass the torch to Paul (Pete) Martin.
Martin and 13 individuals and two couples will travel short distances on foot in the immediate downtown area with the torch before Zach Uhl uses a tractor to move the torch from near the West Bridge approximately 575 feet before 22 more individuals and another couple complete the Harrison County portion of the torch route before it is passed off to torch bearers in Crawford County.
Initially, the plan was for Harrison Countians to either walk or run with the torch (with the exception of the tractor), but Bennett learned yesterday (Tuesday) that the time the torch is in Harrison County needed to be shortened by 80 minutes. So, after the brief tractor ride, the torch will travel with the bearers by automobile.
American flags will be distributed Friday morning for guests to wave as the torch passes them.
Here is a complete list of Harrison County torch bearers in the order they will carry the torch:
Paul (Pete) Martin
Charles and Vi Eckart
Todd and Lisa Uhl
Ruth Hockman for the late Donald Jones
Dale (Chip) White
J. Otto Schalk
John (Bill) Lyskowinski
Jennie R. Prewett for the late John Crecelius
Betty Brandenburg for the late Dr. Wilfred Brockman
Kevin and Alisa Burch; Alisa for the late James (Gordon) Pendleton
An Indiana Torch Relay app is available for free in the App Store and on Google Play. It provides information about the torch route and will give updates of the relay as it makes its way through 92 counties by various modes of transportation, including taking a ride on some lakes.
Torch Relay facts
The Bicentennial Torch Relay will begin Friday in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse grounds on Oct. 15 with a celebration for all Hoosiers.
Here are some facts about the relay:
It’s a 3,200-mile journey traveling through 92 counties.
The torch will travel six days per week (Mondays are rest day) for five weeks (32 days).
Torch bearers were chosen from nominations by each of the state’s 92 counties.
Walkers, runners and torch bearers employing modes of transportation that are representative of Indiana culture and heritage will move the torch along its route.
The relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity throughout state by connecting people, communities and regions.
The torch will be accompanied by a caravan that includes the Indiana Bicentennial Experience, a museum on wheels that celebrates the history and culture of the Hoosier state. The museum will be open to visitors in Corydon tomorrow (Thursday) from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (It will be set up by the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center at the intersection of Elm and Walnut streets.)
A free ‘Indiana Torch Relay’ app is available in the App Store and on Google Play.