Local Bicentennial Torch Bearers Chosen (AUDIO)

Indianapolis (Local Sources) – State officials have selected the more than 2,000 torchbearers who will take part in the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay this fall.

“The 2,000 plus Hoosiers selected as torchbearers embody the Indiana traditions of service, civic pride, community involvement and volunteerism,” said Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb.

49 torchbearers from Dubois County were selected by a local committee from people nominated by the public.  One of those 49 is Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner who says being selected is quite an honor…



The other Dubois County torchbearers are Gary Bair, Dean Beckman, Zach Beckman, Dubois Otto Begle, Victor Betz, Dustin Betz, Chris Bieker, Lee Bilderback, Bob Bleemel, Chad Blessinger, David Buehler, Marvin Eisenhut, Vicky Eisenhut, Michael Elliott, Alex Emmons, Leon Fleck, Craig Hanneman, Leroy Haug, Leonard Heeke, Delbert “Junie” Himsel, Tom Kellams, Esther Kellams, Brice King, Reynold Knust, James Matheis, Hank Menke, Ryan Menke, Cory Menke, Molly Menke, Frank Meyer, Lauren Meyer, Charles “Hanger” Mundy*, Connie Nass, Sylvester Nord, Art Nordhoff, Joseph Pund, Kelly Schaefer, Tom Schmidt, William Schmitt, Mike Schmitt, Myra Schuetter, Richard Schwoeppe, James Seidl, Denny Spinner, Marc Steczyk, Roman Tempel, Edgar Vaal, Harold Van Winkle, Noelle Weyer.

*Denotes posthumous selection.  Dubois County will provide participant to represent selected torchbearer.

Holcomb says out of the 4,000 nominations statewide, the torchbearers selected were chosen because they demonstrate “exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.”

Torch Relay: Facts

  • 2,300 mile journey across the state traveling through 92 counties
  • The Torch Relay will begin in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds
  • The relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity across the state by connecting people, communities, and regions
  • Starts on September 9, 2016 and ends October 15, 2016
  • The torch will travel 6 days per week (Mondays rest day) for 5 weeks/32 days
  • Walkers, runners and torch bearers employing modes of transportation that are representative of Indiana culture and heritage will move the torch along its route
  • Torch Bearers will be chosen from nominations by each county in the state
  • The torch will be accompanied by a caravan that includes a Mobile Visitors Center
  • The Torch Relay will conclude on the Statehouse Grounds with a grand celebration for all Hoosiers



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