Indiana's Torch Relay, in celebration of the State's Bicentennial, will take place in Lake County on Oct 9 and again on Oct 11. Thirty torch bearers have been chosen through public nominations to carry the ceremonial torch through the county.
On Oct 9, the torch will be carried, first through Whiting and travel through Hammond, East Chicago, Gary, Merrillville and end in Hobart. The torch will be carried by 20 of Lake County's selected Torch Bearers.
The City of Whiting will kick-off the Torch Relay with music, food and the reading of the official proclamation at noon at Oil City Stadium. The kick-off event is open to the public. The Torch Relay officially begins at 1:30 p.m. and arrives in Hobart at approximately 5:00 p.m.
The following bearers will carry the torch while either walking/running or as a passenger in a vehicle on Oct 9:
Mayor Joe Stahura (Whiting)
Thomas Keilman (Whiting/Hammond)
Matthew Valuckis (Whiting)
Jade Green (Hammond)
Michael Griffin (East Chicago)
Cavin Porter (East Chicago)
Barbara Kuper (East Chicago)
Richard Hatcher, former mayor (Gary)
Peg Spindler (Gary)
Joseph Kwasny (Gary)
Bishop Dale Melczek (Gary)
Drake Abramson (Merrillville)
James Pavelka (Merrillville)
Andrew & Patty Nowaczyk* (Merrillville/Hobart)
John Friend (Hobart)
Susan Scully* (Hobart)
Dan Govert (Hobart)
Sherri Eberle (Hobart)
Sister Kathleen Quinn (Hobart)
Mayor Brian Snedecor (Hobart)
Upon the torch arrival at approximately 5:00 p.m. and end of the Oct 9 Relay, the City of Hobart will host a special event in Festival Park with music and food. Included in the festivities will be the Culver Military Pipes and Drums and the Boy and Girls Scouts, Mayor Snedecor and other elected officials. Festivities will run from approximately 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and are open to the public.
The Torch Relay will resume on Oct 11 at 8:30 a.m. in Crown Point with a kick-off event at the Lake County Government Complex. Commissioner Gerry Scheub will read a proclamation and the Lake County Pipe and Drums will perform. Mayor David Uran will light the torch and begin the Torch Relay at 9:00 a.m. The torch will be carried by the following individuals through Crown Point and will end at 10:30 a.m.
Mayor David Uran (Crown Point)
Beverly Bonnema-Ream (Crown Point)
Bob Carnahan (Crown Point)
Madison Fanta (Crown Point)
Eric Lakomek (Crown Point)
Marty Wheeler (Crown Point)
Drew Furuness (Crown Point)
Tim Fealy (Crown Point)
Mary Goolik (Crown Point)
Paul Palmer (Crown Point to Jasper County)
In addition to the Torch Relay, the Bicentennial Experience mobile unit will be on display at County Line Orchard in Hobart on Oct 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The mobile unit follows the official Bicentennial Torch throughout the state and is an interactive exhibit featuring some of Indiana's accomplishments through the last 200 years. The Experience is free and open to the public.
The Torch Relay is the premier event of Indiana's Bicentennial designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers by symbolically "pass the torch" connecting generations to ignite our future. The Torch Relay kicked off on Sept 9 and will end on the Statehouse Grounds on Oct 15 in Indianapolis.
Learn more and see the official Lake County Torch Relay map/route at www.alongthesouthshore.com/ibc. Names marked with a * are representing a Torch Bearer who has passed away. Torch Bearer order and locations are subject to change without notice. All times are CST.