Torch To Pass Through 10 Pike County Communities
By Ethan Colbert
On September 1, the honorary carriers of Pike County’s Bicentennial Torch Relay will embark from Clarksville, the county’s oldest city, and then will continue through 10 other communities before ending in Louisiana that evening.
Originally scheduled to be a relay conducted by a series of volunteer runners and walkers, organizers have shifted their plans to include the use of automobiles to move the torch from community to community.
According to event organizer Karen Arico, the decision to use automobiles was made after she and other members of the Bicentennial Commission calculated how long it would take runners to complete the proposed 10-city course.
“With a car it will take us approximately 4.5 hours to complete,” Arico said. Arico serves as a member of the Pike County Bicentennial Commission, the group tasked with planning the official events connected to the county’s bicentennial on December 14, 2018.
According to Arico, it would have taken runners and walkers 39 hours and 41 minutes to complete the course on foot.
As has previously been announced, when the bicentennial torch arrives in a community there will be a brief program, where local dignitaries have been asked to share a few words.
According to Arico, the Bicentennial Torch will go from Clarksville to the following communities: Annada, Paynesville, Eolia, New Hartford, Ashley, St. Clement, New Harmony, Curryville, Bowling Green, Frankford, and Ashburn.
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