Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay in Elkhart County

Elkhart County proudly will host the Indiana Bicentennial Torch on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. in Middlebury, traveling on the Heritage Trail thru Elkhart, Goshen, Wakarusa and Nappanee. The torch will be primarily transported by people, passing the flame from torch bearer to torch bearer. The relay will also employ other modes of conveyance that are symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, a racecar, horse and wagon, antique automobile, and others.

Festivities will vary from town to town, as communities celebrate the torch in their own special way. A specialized Mobile Visitors Center will be created to accompany the torch on its journey.

 

Torch Facts:

  • The Torch Relay will begin in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds
  • The relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity across the state by connecting people, communities, and regions
  • Starts on September 9, 2016 and ends October 15, 2016
  • The torch will travel 6 days per week (Mondays rest day) for 5 weeks/32 days
  • Walkers, runners and torch bearers employing modes of transportation that are representative of Indiana culture and heritage will move the torch along its route
  • Torch Bearers will be chosen from nominations by each county in the state
  • The torch will be accompanied by a caravan that includes a Mobile Visitors Center
  • The Torch Relay will conclude on the Statehouse Grounds with a grand celebration for all Hoosiers