Bicentennial Torch passes through Clinton County

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay made its way through Clinton County Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (WLFI Photo/Paul Zink)
The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay made its way through Clinton County Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (WLFI Photo/Paul Zink)

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Indiana Bicentennial Torch made its way through Clinton County Thursday afternoon as a part of the statewide relay.

The all-county high school band and choir performed in front of hundreds gathered in front of the Clinton County Courthouse.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes passed the flame to former Clinton Prairie and Purdue volleyball standout Marianne Orr.

There were 498 fourth-graders from schools all over the county who also performed.

Organizers said they felt it was important to include the county’s youth on this historic day.

“In fourth grade in Indiana, they learn Indiana history so we felt like that was an important thing and a significant event that the fourth-graders needed to be involved in,” said Lorra Archibald, Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay volunteer.

She said the event was as much about the future as it was about the past.

“The last 200 years has been wonderful and it’s a great celebration of the birthday, but the future is what really matters,” Archibald said. “And getting these kids here, and getting them involved, and getting them excited to be future leaders is what this was really about for us today.”

The torch came in from Tipton County before heading north to Carroll County later on Thursday.

The torch will be in Tippecanoe County on Oct. 12 starting in Columbian Park. The celebration kicks off at Loeb Stadium at 8:30 a.m.

For more on Tippecanoe County’s relay details, visit this story: Bicentennial celebration, torch relay information revealed