Bicentennial Torch Relay

Bicentennial Torch Makes Hometown Stop At Purdue

Oct 12, 2016
Sarah Fentem / WBAA

Indiana’s bicentennial torch relay is just days from wrapping up in Indianapolis. But before its big finish, the torch received a lively homecoming Wednesday morning as it passed through Purdue University on its 92-county journey through the state.

Students serenaded the torch relay in front of Bailey Hall and the Boilermaker special greeted the procession with a whistle.

Torchbearer Linda Eales, clad in the official yellow torchbearer windbreaker, was waiting with a small group of friends for her turn to carry the flame to the edge of Purdue’s campus.  

Brandon Smith / IPBS

Indiana began the countdown to its 200th birthday Friday with the unveiling of the Bicentennial Torch, which will be used for a relay next year that will travel more than 23 hundred miles to all 92 counties.