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Torchbearers Needed For Lawrence Co. Bicentennial Torch Relay
Updated June 18, 2015 6:23 AM
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(BEDFORD) - Lawrence County will be recognized on September 14th, 2016 during Indiana's Bicentennial Torch Relay and needs a torchbearer.

The 92 County Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is a momentous event designed to honor and celebrate Indiana's 200 year history.

Torch bearers are chosen from nominations by each county in the state and nominations forms are available at Bedford City Hall and Mitchell City Hall.

The torch will be primarily transported by people, passing the flame from torchbearer to torchbearer.

Currently, the route is projected to run from Dubois County, into Orange County and then arrive in Lawrence County on its way east into Jackson County.

Patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay, Indiana's version will pass through all 92 of the state's counties, cover 2300 miles over a five week period, averaging 72 miles per day.

Torchbearers must meet specific criteria to be considered as an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Torchbearer.

Nominees Criteria:

  • Must possess the physical adaptive ability to carry the torch (no more than 32" in length and less than 5 pounds) a minimum of .25 miles
  • Must be a resident of Indiana, former resident of Indiana, nominated in honor of someone who is or was a resident of Indiana.
  • Must be a current or former resident of the county in which they are being nominated.
  • Must be at least 14 years of age to carry the live flame Flagship Torch. If under 14, the nominee will be required to carry the no flame Kids Torch.
  • May be subject to a criminal background check.
  • May be nominated posthumously. A substitute Torchbearer can be submitted to carry on behalf of the nominee. (See nomination form).
  • Must be nominated by another individual and a complete nomination form must be submitted on the nominee's behalf.

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