Not everyone is going to get to witness the Indiana State Bicentennial Torch Relay in Scott County on Friday, September 16.
Day workers in businesses won't have an easy time seeing some of the 17 local people in the torch relay, since the relay is scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
But everyone can come and enjoy the Bicentennial Blast on the courtyard square in downtown Scottsburg that evening from 5 to 10 p.m.
The torch relay is scheduled to take place along U.S. Highway 31, State Road 56 West and State Road 256 early Friday afternoon. The county's torch relay team includes Clara Adkins, Ron Atkins, Jim Barley, Landon Campbell, Ed Cozart, Mayor Bill Graham, Pam and Steve Gwaltney, Dustin Houchens, Sue Jones, Raymond Jones, Gordon Julian, Frank Mays, Andie Myers, Rick Rigel, Al Riggle and LeRoy Williams. Frank Mays, who is deceased, will be represented by his grandson, Eric Mays.
Here is the relay schedule:
• 1:00 p.m.: Ed Cozart accepts the torch from state organizers at the Scott/Clark County line. He'll ride in a fire truck along U.S. Highway 31 to Scottsburg.
• 1:09 p.m.: Retired coach Jim Barley accepts the torch from Cozart at the entrance to The Rock at 725 U.S. 31 South just south of Scottsburg High School (SHS). The coach plans to walk.
• 1:14 p.m.: SHS freshman Landon Campbell takes the torch from Coach Barley at the first entrance to the high school grounds, 701 U.S. 31 South. Landon will be on foot.
• 1:20 p.m.: Eric Mays will walk in memory of his grandfather, Frank Mays from Lon's Doughnuts, 325 U.S. 31 South to Scotts Ace Hardware's entrance off the highway.
• 1:26 p.m.: LeRoy Williams in his motorized grocery cart will accept the torch at Ace Hardware and take it to North Hyland Street and the property of Scottsburg Elementary School on State Road 56 West (West McClain Avenue).
• 1:30 p.m.: Sue Jones takes the torch from the elementary school parking lot and will head east to Scottsburg City Hall, 2 East McClain Ave.
• 1:34 p.m.: Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham accepts the torch from Jones, climbs aboard the 1934 fire engine owned by the city's fire department and takes the torch around the courthouse square. City and county officials will be gathered on the square for a brief ceremony.
• 1:47 p.m.: Councilman Raymond Jones will take the torch from the courtyard to the elementary school's parking lot. He too will use the 1934 fire engine as a means of transportation.
• 1:51 p.m.: Dustin Houchens accepts the torch from Jones, walking it west on S.R. 56 to the intersection of S.R. 56 and U.S. 31.
• 1:57 p.m.: Veteran Al Riggle will get the torch and carry it to Scott Memorial Hospital, 1451 U.S. 31 North. Riggle will be in a 1943 Willys Jeep.
• 2:02 p.m.: Former sheriff Gordon Julian climbs aboard the 1934 fire truck and carries the torch from the hospital to the entrance to Austin High School.
• 2:09 p.m.: Former Austin girls' coach and educator Rick Rigel walks the torch from the high school entrance to 170 South U.S. 31, which is located past the Scott School District 1 administration building and in front of Austin Upper Elementary School, the original Austin High School.
• 2:15 p.m.: Retired educator Ron Atkins heads on foot with the torch to the intersection of U.S. 31 and State Road 256 (Main Street).
• 2:19 p.m.: Retired Austin clerk-treasurer and former county councilman Clara Adkins will walk the torch west on S.R. 256 to Austin City Hall, 80 West Main St.
• 2:23 p.m.: The Rev. Steve Gwaltney and his wife and ministerial partner Pam will accept the torch and will ride on a fire engine provided by the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department (JTVFD).
• 2:28 p.m.: Andie Myers, now a sixth grader at Scottsburg Middle School but who attended Johnson Elementary School, will climb aboard the JTVFD engine and ride to Johnson Elementary with the torch.
At the school, the entourage will drive in back of the building. There, Andie will hand the torch to county relay coordinators Jennifer Spicer and Jessica Jones. The torch will continue its journey east in a Subaru driven by 9-1-1 Director Greg Ramoni. Ramoni will hand over the torch at Paris Crossing on State Road 3 to Jennings County relay coordinators and that county's first participant.
The torch relay team selected from over 60 nominees represents community involvement and leadership, great teachers, high achievers, outstanding coaches and courageous survivors. And they have a special invitation to attend the evening's Bicentennial Blast.
Starting at 4 p.m., organizations and churches are welcome to set up booths in the courtyard. Booths, food trucks and free inflatables for youngsters will open at 5 p.m. The Scott County Arts Council will offer free face painting and have the county's Bicentennial Bison on hand for people to admire. The Arts Council's Bicentennial barn quilt, which many local people helped paint, will also be exhibited. The barn quilt, painted on wood, will be sealed and affixed to the barn on the grounds of the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum.
Free wooden nickles will be handed out at the Scott County Visitors Commission booth. They'll have Bicentennial t-shirts for sale as well. Disabled American Veterans will have information available for veterans and their families.
Volunteers with the county museum will be selling Indiana t-shirts and limited edition Bicentennial Christmas ornaments. Several other organizations have expressed interest in setting up booths, said Brandon Polley, chairman of the local Bicentennial Committee.
“We welcome all groups to set up booths that express their Bicentennial spirit,” he stated. Those needing more information can reach him at 812-752-9211 at the Scott County Visitors Commission, which is sponsoring the night of family fun.
Ed Cozart, a tall tale spinner as well as one of the torch bearers, will present brief glimpses of local history at the gazebo twice during the early evening.
At 7:30 p.m., all of the torch bearers will be recognized and asked to say a few words about their experiences along the path of the torch.
Around 8 p.m., a free family movie, “Turbo,” will be shown. The story of the speedy snail has a lot of Indiana influence in it, said Polley. During the movie, people can get 10 cent drinks and free popcorn, compliments of Indiana Farm Bureau.
Moviegoers should bring lawn chairs and blankets as well as jackets, bug spray and flashlights.
“We hope a lot of people will spend their Friday evening with us on the 16th,” said Polley.