The Bicentennial Torch Relay event in Terre Haute was poorly planned.
I only found out about the event at Fairbanks Park by chance about a half hour beforehand, as I was already headed somewhere else. I'm not sure who is responsible for promoting the local event, but it was an overall failure. Maybe the organizers don't live in Terre Haute, because a hometown feeling was completely absent.
Because I had other plans, I got there just as it was getting underway, I was quickly disappointed that even the organizers lacked apparent enthusiasm. In fact, I asked two people directly involved about the schedule of events for the evening once I arrived -- and got very vague answers. I think they assumed I was just an attendee - which makes their responses even more ridiculous as I think back on them.
The organizers should have rallied a large crowd that night. There have been many comments from the public reflecting overall disappointment in how the ceremony went. If anyone can direct me to someone to speak with about it, please do. I'd like Terre Haute to present a better image in the future.
I'm glad I left the park when I did. However, I was relieved to see the mayor walking around early on. That made a good impression that he was there from the start. The Indianapolis people representing the statewide bicentennial event also impressed me and showed enthusiasm . The bicentennial is a big deal!
Contact Lucy Perry at email@example.com
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 46, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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