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home : local news : local news May 26, 2016

6/7/2013 10:40:00 AM
Relay for Life kicks off Saturday
Area residents will do their part again this weekend to help fight cancer.

The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Crawford and Lawrence Counties is Saturday at Flat Rock Park. The event was moved there this year because organizers are hoping to bring in more participation from Lawrence County.

Although the official start of Relay is 2 p.m., activities will actually get underway at 12:30 p.m. with the Color Splash 5K run and walk. Participants will be "powdered" with six different colors to decorate the race shirts at different locations in the race.

Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m. and include a flag ceremony and a performance of the National Anthem by Hunter Allen.

Among the Relay events planned are the traditional luminaria ceremony, survivors' and caregivers' laps and survivor's talk and two silent auctions. There will also be a car show and, for the first time, a euchre tournament.

A Little Mister and Miss Relay will be crowned this year. Contestants have been collecting donations and those who bring in the most will be declared the winners. Also, the popular Mister Relay Competition will be conducted during the event, with people given the chance to donate to the contestants.

During "Tangled Tales" volunteers can get their hair cut to be donated to make wigs for cancer patients.

Participants will get to display their strength - trying to move a firetruck or lift a boulder - during "Muscles at Midnight." Despite the name, the event will actually be at 10 p.m.

As always, there will be plenty of musical entertainment and teams will have booths selling food and other items to raise money to help fund the fight against cancer. Nachos, taco-in-a-bag, baked goods, chicken and noodles, barbecue, funnel cakes, pretzels and more will be available.

Special laps this year include a sandal lap, backward lap, crazy hat lap, sideways lap, glow-in-the-dark lap and a noise-maker lap.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Funds raised by Relay For Life teams help support local wig banks, the Look Good Feel Better Program, educational Centers in both counties, gas cards for cancer patients, Hope Lodge, Road to Recovery and an 800 Number hotline for cancer patients and their families.

The schedule for Relay includes:

2:30 p.m.: Zumba.

2:30-5:30 p.m.: First silent auction.

4 p.m.: Straight Road performs, euchre tournament at the Flat Rock Masonic Lodge.

5:30 p.m.: Little Mister and Miss Relay crowned, car show.

6 p.m.: Survivor Sonia Albright speaks.

6:30-8:30 p.m.: Second silent auction.

7-8:30 p.m.: R2K Band performs.

7:30 p.m.: Mister Relay crowned.

8 p.m.: Duct tape contest.

9 p.m. Luminaria ceremony.

10 p.m.: Muscles at Midnight, cheeseball toss.

10 p.m.-1 a.m.: Thrown Together performs.

11 p.m.: Water balloon toss.

Midnight: "Pop the Polyp."

1 a.m.: Whale Wars.

2 a.m.: Closing ceremonies.

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