Celebrate the bicentennial with torch relay and fun events

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Published on October 05, 2016 with No Comments

Area residents are invited to celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial by watching the bicentennial torch relay as it passes through Porter County or by attending one of the celebrations on torch relay day.

The torch run kicks off with a ceremony at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion, 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, followed by the torch run at 8:30 a.m. from the state park to the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center using the Dunes-Kankakee Trail. In addition, people can tour the Bicentennial Experience mobile unit at the state park pavilion, with exhibits to view and attractions like a machine to make a Bicentennial penny. The experience is open from 8 a.m. to noon. Entry to the park is free until 10 a.m.

The torch goes through Valparaiso University, starting with a ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at the Duesenberg Welcome Center on U.S. 30, and continuing with a torch run through campus from 10 to 10:20 a.m.

The torch continues on Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso from 10:20 to 11 a.m.

There will be a ceremony in Valparaiso’s Central Park around the time the torch passes through, which is estimated to be 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Mayor Jon Costas will speak, and Valparaiso Events will hand out small American flags and inflatable torches.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Portage High School bison-tennial bison will be on display at Founders Square Park, 6300 Founders Square, Portage. There will be a parade from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., starting at Central Avenue and Airport Road in Portage (torch caravan only until it reaches Founders Square and is joined by the rest of the parade), proceeding west down Central Avenue to the Lake County line.

The torch will travel through Hobart at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Rd., Hobart at 7 p.m.

“This is an event that comes along only once in every 200 years, so we hope the entire county will come out and see the torch run and enjoy one of the celebrations,” said Ken Kosky, Porter County coordinator for the Indiana bicentennial.

The torch relay is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. The torch will pass through all 92 counties and cover 2,300 miles over five weeks. The route started in Corydon on Sept.  9 and ends with a celebration in Indianapolis on Oct. 15.

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