Switzerland County will play its role in Indiana Bicentennial history this Saturday morning when the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Torch passes through the county, with 20 Switzerland County residents being honored as official torchbearers
The ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning on the steps of the Switzerland County Courthouse . Judge Greg Coy will say a few words on the front steps before officially getting the torch relay underway.
The route is a unique one, allowing all of the county honorees their opportunity to carry the torch. Many of the torchbearers will be using unique modes of transportation during their part of the relay.
Here’s the route that the torch relay is scheduled to follow:
– Kirk Works is the first torchbearer. He will leave from the courthouse steps and walk it to the curb.
– Works will then hand the torch to Martha Bladen and Helen Parks. They will go west on Main Street toward the schools.
– Bladen and Parks will hand the torch off to Lois Rosenberger close to the Edward Eggleston home on Main Street, and she will carry the torch west on Main to Silver Street.
– Rosenberger will then hand the torch off to Aubbrey Biddenger, a student at Switzerland County Elementary School. She will continue west on Main to Dupraz Lane.
– Aubbrey will then hand the torch off to Switzerland County Middle School student Allison Furnish, and she will carry the torch past Jefferson-Craig Elementary, Switzerland County Middle School, and Switzerland County High School.
-Allison will complete her leg of the relay by handing the torch off to Whitley Schirmer, who is the honoree from Switzerland County High School, at the west end of the high school by the student parking lot.
– Whitley will then come east on Main Street to the corner of Main and Arch streets.
– She will then pass the torch to Tonya Krall, who will carry it from Main and Arch south to Jennings Park at the west end of Market Street.
– Krall will hand the torch off to Edsel Detraz at that point, who will carry the torch east on Market Street to Union Street; where he will hand it off to Larry Tolbert.
– Tolbert will continue east on Market Street to Main Cross Street, where he will hand the torch to Dr. Elizabeth Jones. She will carry it east to the corner of Market and Ferry streets.
– Dr. Jones will then hand the torch off to Donna Weaver and Mike Danner, who will carry the torch north on Ferry Street to the corner of Ferry and Pike streets.
– They will pass it to Jefferson-Craig Elementary honoree Luke Sullivan, who will take the torch north on Ferry Street to the Jefferson-Craig Volunteer Firehouse.
– Luke will then hand the torch to John Archer, who will travel up State Road 56 North to Cogley Cole Road.
-At Cogley Cole and highway 56, Archer will hand the torch to Jeff Priest, who will carry the torch north to Mt. Sterling.
– Priest will then give the torch to Dr. Bob Findley; who will continue north on Highway 56 to Jacksonville, where he will hand it to Josh South.
– South will continue on highway 56 to Center Square, where he will hand the torch to Tom Demaree and Jeni Scudder.
-Demaree and Scudder will then take the torch to the Ohio County line on highway 56 north of East Enterprise.
Each torch bearer will be in the middle of an official state caravan.
In addition to the official relay, ‘The Bicentennial Experience’ mobile museum will be here from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the Visitors Center, Liberty and Main streets.
The Visitors Center will also be giving away free slices of Sugar Cream Pie, the official state pie of Indiana, beginning at 10:30 a.m.; and the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs will also have a table near the courthouse during and after the event.
There will be a meet and greet in honor of the Switzerland County torchbearers tomorrow (Friday) night, at the TEC Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.