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2016 Indiana Torch Relay underway

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Celebrate “One” Indiana this fall with the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, a five-week program designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration.

Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch” connecting generations to IGNITE our future.

Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana’s version will pass through all 92 of the state’s counties, cover 3200 miles over a five week period, averaging 90 miles per day.

Festivities kicked off Sept. 9 in Corydon, the state's capitol at the time of statehood 200 years ago. It will end Oct. 15 in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds, with a special welcome ceremony and celebration.

It will pass through Jasper County on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 11 am-12:30 pm Central Time. -- See Jasper County Route Map. The library has posted a ticker on its website -- www.myjcpl.org -- counting down the time until the torch arrives.

When the torch arrives in Rensselaer, according to the state's relay website, a small parade is planned in front of the Jasper County Courthouse with the County Commissioners, County Council and torchbearers.

Volunteers from every county have been chosen to transport and pass 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 accompanying the relay 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.

Follow the Torch Relay on its journey:

Download the Torch Relay Mobile App
The Indiana Bicentennial Relay Mobile App is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

View Photos From the Relay
Photos and media from the Torch Relay can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at IndianaTorchRelay.com.  

For questions regarding the Bicentennial Torch Relay, email INTorchRelay@gmail.com or check out their online FAQ.