Letter: Thanks to all who took part in torch relay

To the editor:

The Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in and supported the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay during its time in Brown County.

On Sept. 20, the bicentennial torch received a warm welcome to the county as it made its way through the village, along the Salt Creek Trail, through Brown County State Park, and along State Road 46 to its final stop at T.C. Steele State Historic Site. Every step of the way, Brown County showed its local pride and Hoosier hospitality as countless individuals not only volunteered to carry the torch, but others gathered to cheer our torchbearers along. The overwhelming support was much appreciated and proves that Brown County truly is a connected, caring community, not to mention a great place to live, work and visit.

The CVB would like to express its gratitude to the county’s torchbearers for their participation and hard work. Those who came out to catch a glimpse of the torch also deserve a nod for their encouragement and enthusiasm.

The CVB would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank-you to Melanie McClung, who served as county coordinator on this project. Thank you Melanie for your patience, dedication and determination as you graciously worked with the state of Indiana and with local torchbearers and volunteers to make sure Brown County’s leg of the torch relay went off without a hitch. Assisting Melanie throughout the process was Kathryn Rawlings, a special events intern at the CVB. Thank you Kathryn for all the time and energy you spent working on this endeavor.

Additionally, the CVB would like to acknowledge and thank the T.C. Steele State Historic Site for hosting the day’s closing celebration, along with all those who donated pies for the event. Thank you as well to Gene Cooper for driving your beautiful classic Chevrolet Bel Air during the relay and to the Foxfire parking lot for serving as home base for the state’s Bicentennial Experience trailer.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. Without our torchbearers, volunteers, the individuals/businesses mentioned above, as well as the community in general, Brown County’s Bicentennial Torch Relay day would not have been possible.

Jane Ellis, Brown County CVB executive director, on behalf of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau