Hamilton County Bicentennial torchbearers sought


By Mark Ambrogi

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Run will pass through Hamilton County on Oct. 13, 2016. Hamilton County Tourism wants to find who should help lead the way in the relay through the county.



“We are looking for 30 to 36 different people to carry the torch,” said Kate Burkhardt, Hamilton County Tourism communications coordinator. “Those people are anyone that could be considered a hometown hero, someone who is making a difference in their community or different organizations. So for Thanksgiving, (whoever) you are thankful for in Hamilton County, nominate them.”

Nominees must be current or former residents of Hamilton County.

Burkhardt said Hamilton County Tourism has developed a few different categories to make the nominations.

Those categories include agriculture background, technology and entrepreneurship, arts and sports.

“The sky is really the limit,” Burkhardt said.

Anyone can nominate anyone. Burkhardt said this presents a unique opportunity for deserving community members to receive recognition

The torchbearers will travel by bike, car, train and fire engine in addition to running and walking. Elected officials will not carry the torch and instead will be paired with the regular citizen nominees

Burkhardt said there isn’t an exact route for the Hamilton County portion of the torch run yet but it will end on the Noblesville Courthouse Square. Some ideas including taking the torch on the Monon Trail and taking it up in a balloon at Conner Prairie.

For the nomination form: in.gov/ibc/files/torch_relay_nomination_update-9.pdf. The deadline for nominations has been open since May and will close on Dec. 31.