Public invited to witness history, cheer on torchbearers as Indiana bicentennial torch passes through Conner Prairie Oct. 13, first night of Headless Horseman
Director of Public Relations
FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, Sept. 26, 2016/Conner Prairie) – History will be made Oct. 13 when the state’s bicentennial torch relay passes through Conner Prairie and the public is invited to cheer on torchbearers along the route.
Seven torchbearers will make five passes at Conner Prairie, one of five designated celebration stations in Hamilton County.
Starting at 5 p.m., Radio Now will throw a street party featuring music, games and entertainment for those wanting to watch the relay and those waiting to get in to the first night of this season’s Headless Horseman festival. Gates to Headless Horseman open at 5:30 p.m. and the torch is expected to arrive at Conner Prairie at 6 p.m.
Torchbearers will transport the torch from Allisonville Road through the Symphony on the Prairie bowl and up in the air aboard the 1859 Balloon Voyage. Runners will pause throughout the route for photo ops, including at the balloon with the Headless Horseman and outside the Apple Store, where Conner Prairie that night will debut its Bicentennial Bison, part of the Indiana Association of United Ways’ statewide Bison-tennial Public Art Project.
Spectators will be encouraged to line the torch route from start to finish.
On Oct. 13, the torch will enter Hamilton County at 3 p.m. from Zionsville and pass through Carmel and Westfield before arriving at Conner Prairie. After, it heads to Fishers City Hall and ends its county journey at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Noblesville.
The bicentennial torch relay began its 3,200-mile journey throughout all of the state’s 92 counties on Sept. 9 in Corydon, the state’s first capital. It ends Oct. 15 in Indianapolis. For details about the relay, visit IN.gov.
Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.
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Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.