The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Lake County bicentennial committee are accepting nominations for Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearers.

Lake County torchbearer nominations recognize local Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

"Lake County is home to many individuals who consistently showcase dedication to their community, neighbors, family and friends," said Larry Blanchard, Lake County bicentennial coordinator. "Being nominated to serve as a torchbearer is a great honor, and will recognize these individuals for their contributions"

The nomination period ends on Dec. 31, 2015. The online nomination form and nominee guidelines are available at Paper nomination forms can be picked up at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, IN 46323, and can be returned to the Indiana Welcome Center or submitted via email to

The torch relay will begin on Sept. 9, 2016 in Corydon and end with a celebration Oct. 15, 2016 on the grounds of the statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch will travel through Lake County on Oct. 9 and Oct. 11, 2016, as it makes the 2,300-mile journey through each of Indiana's 92 counties.

For more information or questions on nominating Lake County torchbearers, contact Katie Holderby, executive vice president of the South Shore CVA and co-county coordinator, at 219-989-7770 or