Passing the torch

Get ready because the long-awaited Indiana Bicentennial Torch relay, a celebration of Indiana’s 200 years of statehood, is finally coming to Warrick County this weekend!

The Relay begins on Sept. 9 at Indiana’s old state capitol of Corydon and will pass through Warrick County in the early afternoon this Saturday, Sept. 10, before being passed off to Vanderburgh County. The relay will end on the Statehouse Grounds in Indianapolis on Oct. 15 and will pass through all 92 counties, cross 3,200 miles — around 97 miles each day — over five weeks.

County Coordinator Shari Sherman, the executive director of the Warrick County Chamber of Commerce, said she wants as many people out on Saturday cheering on the 23 selected Torch Bearers for Warrick County.

“Stand on the side of the road, [the] streets and cheer them on,” she said. “There will be two short, six minute welcome stops, but really we want people to come out for those [passing the torch] along the way.”

You can also keep track of the race through the new free Bicentennial Torch Relay app, which is available for download on Apple and Android devices. The Relay app was created by Indiana software company, Bluebridge, and has a built in GPS and map that allows you to follow the Torch from county to county. Some other cool features include video replays from the day’s events and by going on the events tab, you can see how the counties are celebrating, with dates and times so you can attend yourself. You can also check out video replays from the torch relay and read the latest news. You can see ahead of time what the torch route looks like by going to the route tab and you can find maps of every county’s relay route as well as times and dates.

So come out and watch on Sept. 10 as the Bicentennial Torch is passed through your very county because there may not be another relay for another 200 years.

Marisa Patwa is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in journalism and minor in political science.

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