The Indiana Bicentennial torch relay will pass through Johnson County on Friday and end with a community party downtown.

Cheer them on: The public is invited to cheer on the torch relay as it makes it way through Franklin. The torch will arrive from the west on State Road 44, moving onto Jefferson Street, Drake Street and Hospital Drive before the route moves to South Street and Home Avenue into downtown Franklin.

Ready for the party: The bicentennial festival will coincide with the arrival of the torch relay at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The community showcase will include history booths, special traveling bicentennial exhibits, food, a beer garden and live music from the Franklin Community Band playing “Bicen-tune-ial” songs and pop favorites from Tastes Like Chicken.

Bohemian bison: Local artist Kira Brant, owner of Art by Kira Studio in Franklin, painted a commemorative fiberglass bison to reflect life in Johnson County.

Carrying the torch: Seventeen local residents have been chosen to be torchbearers to carry the bicentennial torch through the county.

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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.