Celebrating community

Boonville and Newburgh will be hosting several events in conjunction with Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay.

Warrick County will be the fifth stop on the torch relay Saturday afternoon. The Relay will kick off in Corydon, the state’s first capital, in Harrison County on Friday. The torch will first reach Boonville between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and will later reach Newburgh between 2:30 and 3 p.m. before crossing into Vanderburgh County.

For those who would like to help celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial and welcome the torch, Boonville will have its Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with live music planned from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a antique gas and steam engine show, a Rust Rebellion auto show and a historic presentation hosted by Dr. Steve Barnett from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at City Hall.

Newburgh residents plan on gathering at 2:24 p.m. at the Gene Aurand Trailhead, where the Old Dam Band will be playing and Anne Rust Aurand will be speaking.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the signature events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch,” connecting generations to ignite our future.

The torch is set to pass through all 92 Indiana counties, covering 3,200 miles over a five week period, averaging 97 miles per day. The torch will travel six days each week for five weeks, with Monday designated as a rest day. The relay will end in Indianapolis on the Statehouse grounds with a welcome ceremony and celebration on Oct. 15.

Throughout the relay, a mobile history center will accompany the torch on its journey. The mobile experience will highlight Hoosier pride of the past, present and future of Indiana.

Wyatt Squires is a staff writer for The Standard. Before coming to Warrick, Wyatt has worked as a reporter in Jackson, Greene and Knox counties in Indiana.

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