By Ethan Colbert
This Saturday, the Pike County Bicentennial Torch will make its way through the county, officially beginning the countdown towards the December 14, 2018, anniversary of Pike County’s founding 200 years ago.
As was previously reported, the torch relay will begin at the Clarksville riverfront at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
From Clarksville, the torch will proceed to the Christian Church in Annada where the torch is expected to arrive around 1:30 p.m.
As is the case with all cities and communities participating in the torch relay, a small program has been organized at a gathering place within the community.
After departing Annada, the torch will proceed to Paynesville’s General Store, where it is expected to arrive at 1:45 p.m. From there, the relay will continue to St. John’s Church in Eolia, arriving around 2 p.m.
From Eolia, the torch will proceed to New Hartford at 2:35 p.m. and Ashley at 2:50. The torch ceremony will be at the Ashley Community Center.
After leaving Ashley, the torch will make its way to St. Clement where a small ceremony will be held at the St. Clement Catholic Church at 3 p.m.
From St. Clement, the torch will go to New Harmony and Curryville by 3:45 p.m. and then will proceed to Bowling Green’s City Hall, where it is expected to arrive at 4 p.m.
After leaving Bowling Green, the torch and those participating in the relay will continue to Frankford, where the torch is scheduled to arrive at 4:25 p.m. The ceremony in Frankford is slated to be at the Frankford Post Office.
Upon the conclusion of the ceremony in Frankford, the torch will proceed to Ashburn and then to Louisiana, which is the final stop of the torch will be the city’s riverfront at 5:30 p.m.
In each city, a commemorative photo will be taken by the committee working to publish the official Pike County Bicentennial Book.
Organizers are encouraging all residents to take part in the torch relay by either attending the program within their local communities and by following the torch as it completes its trek through Pike County.
Following the torch relay, there will be a free music concert at the American Legion Post No. 370 in Louisiana. Performing at the concert will be the Shades of Blue Jazz Band, which is compromised of members of the United States Air Force.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Upon the conclusion of the bicentennial celebration, the Bicentennial Torch will be placed on display alongside the Bicentennial Quilt, the Bicentennial Book and other bicentennial memorabilia within a display case at the Pike County Courthouse.