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Torchbearer deadline extended to January 31

Posted: Friday, December 4, 2015

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Visit Indiana and Huntington County Bicentennial Committee, are reminding community members that the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is currently accepting torchbearer nominations from the public. Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

To accommodate the busy holiday period, the nomination period has been extended and now ends on January 31, 2016. Once all nomination forms are collected, a juried nomination process will be employed in each county to select torchbearers. Nomination committees have been formed in each county to manage this process on a county-by-county basis.

The online nomination form is available at or receive a nomination form on the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce website at You can also contact the Chamber office at (260) 356-5300.

Developed by IOTD, the relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation with their home state during the bicentennial year. The Torch will travel through Huntington County on Friday, September 30, 2016 beginning with a stop in Roanoke and Huntington before traveling on to Wells County.

Nominees must be a current or former resident of Indiana or be nominated in honor of a current or former resident. Hoosiers may be nominated posthumously and a substitute torchbearer can be submitted to carry the torch on behalf of the nominee. Nominees must be at least 10 years of age (torchbearers that are minors will need to meet other youth torchbearer requirements). A nominee must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch a minimum of a quarter mile. Accommodations will be made for those torchbearers with disabilities. The complete list of torchbearer criteria may be found on the online nomination page.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start September 9, 2016 in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 2,300 mile journey across the state. The local Bicentennial Steering Committee is currently working on the plans for September 30, the day the Torch travels through Huntington County. A celebration will be held at Hier’s Park open to the public and will include all county fourth graders who study Indiana history.

The committee is currently accepting donations to help with expenses related to the celebration event. Those interested in making a tax deductible donation, can make checks payable to: Huntington County Community Foundation (please note on the memo line: Chamber of Commerce-Bicentennial Celebration), 356 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750.   Funds are currently being accepted with the hope of reaching the $7,500 goal by February 29. For questions or additional information regarding the Bicentennial Celebration for Huntington County, please call the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, (260) 356-5300. Visit the Indiana Bicentennial Huntington Facebook page at