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Indiana Bicentennial torch relay to begin in Corydon

Corydon Capitol tour guide Douglas Stiner (Source: WAVE 3 News) Corydon Capitol tour guide Douglas Stiner (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Harrison County Bicentennial Co-Chair Pamela Bennett Martin (Source: WAVE 3 News) Harrison County Bicentennial Co-Chair Pamela Bennett Martin (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Harrison County Torch Relay Chairman Larry W. Bennett (Source: WAVE 3 News) Harrison County Torch Relay Chairman Larry W. Bennett (Source: WAVE 3 News)

CORYDON, IN (WAVE) - The Harrison County Bicentennial Committee has been working hard to make all of their events a success. It all comes down to Friday as the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay kicks off in Corydon. 

"If you are a Hoosier, this is where you began," Corydon Capitol tour guide Douglas Stiner said. 

Inside Indiana’s first capitol building, Stiner is gearing up for a big day.

"This was an active capitol and it was an active courthouse, so the walls of rock and floors of stone have been here for 200 years and they served their purpose," Stiner said. 

Statewide, it’s been a celebration all year long. Friday, the torch relay begins. In five and a half weeks, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will go through all 92 counties across the Hoosier state.

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"This is really one of the large celebrations for the year of course with the state coming down and with the torch relay kicking off right here in Corydon, Harrison County and we are thrilled they chose to do that," Harrison County Bicentennial Co-Chair Pamela Bennett Martin said. 

The stage is set and ready for the big day.

Indiana's Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb will join First Lady Karen Pence, who serves as the bicentennial ambassador. Other speakers include Lee Hamilton and a former First Lady and Corydon native, who has a very important role. 

"Judy O’Bannon will be lighting the first torch, which we are very honored that she can participate and do that do that with us. We are going to have 40 torch barriers, ranging in age from 86, which is our oldest to 14 years of age," Martin said. 

Torch bearers will walk, run and ride 10 miles across Harrison County. 

"You’ll be able to watch it online as it goes through each county," Harrison County Torch Relay Chairman Larry W. Bennett said. "This is something that happens once in your lifetime, it will never happen again Indiana will be 200 years old and it’s just a great celebration."

From the first Capitol to the current, in Indianapolis, the torch will burn bright.

The relay will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 in downtown Corydon and end Oct. 15 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Hoosiers can check out the Bicentennial Experience mobile museum Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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