Public invited to Bicentennial Celebration Stations and Noblesville Closing Ceremony
CARMEL, Ind. (Oct. 3, 2016) -- Hamilton County communities are gearing up to host events centuries in the making. As the Bicentennial torch makes its way from Boone County to Hamilton County, the community is invited to attend celebration stations along the torch route to show city pride and cheer on local Hoosiers making history.
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. - Center Green at the Palladium
Torch arrives: 4:05 – 4:15 p.m.
1 Center Green
Michelle Corrao, assistant director of Prevail and sexual assault awareness advocate will run the torch to the first Celebration Station along the route. Carmel’s Bicentennial celebration will include music by the Indiana Wind Symphony, fun and interactive booths by various community organizations including the Carmel Clay Historical Society, ticket giveaways by resident companies of the Center for the Performing Arts, food and drinks from Matt the Miller and other fun activities for all ages. Mayor Jim Brainard and other city officials will be on-site to welcome the torch passing through. Kyle Condra, a Medal of Valor recipient from the Carmel Fire Department, will carry on the torch.
4:45 – 5:10 p.m. – Union Bible College
Torch arrives: 5 – 5:10 p.m.
434 S Union Street
Bob Beauchamp, owner of Beauchamp Antiques, will arrive at Union Bible College in a tractor and wagon. Mayor Andy Cook will address the crowd upon torch arrival. All citizens are encouraged to wear green to show their Shamrock pride. The Westfield Welcome Wagon will be on-site as well as children’s activities and other festivities. Sabrina Richard, a 10-year-old Food Network featured chef, will carry on the torch.
5:30 p.m. – Conner Prairie
Torch arrives: 6-6:20 p.m.
13400 Allisonville Road
Bill Kenley, a Noblesville High School teacher and coach will deliver the torch to Conner Prairie. Terry Anker, president of the Hamilton County Legacy Fund will take the torch into Conner Prairie’s iconic helium balloon. The Celebration Station marks the opening night of the 33rd annual Headless Horseman event and cheer on seven runners who will transport the state’s bicentennial torch through Conner Prairie. Gates to Headless Horseman open at 5:30 p.m. Sarah Demmon, coach for the Indy SurviveOars, and Marissa Walker, an Indiana Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped board member, will carry on the torch via trolley car.
6:15 – 6:50 p.m. – Fishers City Hall
Torch arrives: 6:40 – 6:50 p.m.
1 Municipal Drive
Grace Weschler, 11-year-old Lemonade Day advocate, will deliver the torch to the Fishers Celebration Station in a sidecar. The first 50 people to arrive will receive complementary food and drinks while enjoying live music from the Mudsock Jazz Combo featuring music by Cole Porter and Herbie Hancock; two musicians with Hoosier connections. Mayor Scott Fadness address the crowd upon torch arrival. Troy Fettinger, a dedicated Fishers police officer, will carry on the torch via the Pint Cycle.
6:45 – 8:30 p.m. – Noblesville Courthouse
33 N 9th Street
Torch arrives: 7:20 p.m.
David Heighway, Hamilton County historian, will walk the torch to the designed torch holder on the steps of the Noblesville Courthouse where it will rest for the evening. Local metal artist Bonnie Ramirez designed the torch holder that will ultimately become a permanent piece of public art in downtown Noblesville. The closing celebration on Noblesville's Historic Square will feature live music from the Hunter Smith Band, photo stations, interactive historical elements, themed dinners at local eateries and merchandise specials around the square.
Note: The sun will set at approximately 7:07 p.m. Oct. 13.
About Hamilton County Tourism
Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. is a not-for-profit tourism organization that promotes tourism growth through strategic marketing, hospitality and community development initiatives to promote hospitality to more than 3 million visitors who come to Hamilton County, Indiana each year. Learn more at http://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/
About the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay
The Indiana Bicentennial Torch relay is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. The over 2,200 community-nominated torchbearers will pass the torch throughout 92 counties, symbolically connecting generations to “ignite” Indiana’s future. Learn more at http://www.in.gov/ibc/torchrelay/