Lewis County will host their Relay for Life celebration on Saturday, June 10, with festivities starting at 5 p.m., and as always, the event will be held on the track of Robert L. Bland Middle School in Weston.
This year’s Relay theme is Re-Lei with Relay, which is a luau or Hawaiian theme. Anyone is welcomed to attend this event, which all proceed raised by Relay teams, benefit the American Cancer Society and research dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.
The event will kick off at 5 p.m., with a Survivor Reception, organized by Charla Barrett. Survivors will commune and have refreshments with each other before the beginning ceremonies.
Opening ceremonies will start promptly at 6 p.m., which will include the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Guest Speakers and King and Queen contestants to be announced.
After the opening ceremonies, cancer survivors and their caregivers will each walk a half lap in opposite directions, meeting on the 50-yard line, and walking down the center of the field together.
At 7 p.m., team laps will begin, along with basket bash drawings which will occur roughly every 15 minutes.
Basket bash tickets are $10, per ticket, are there is a chance to win over 21 different baskets, filled with items. The technology basket even includes a laptop.
At 7:45 p.m., a variety show will take place, and anyone can participate with any talent they would like to, within reason.
At 9 p.m., Mountain State Log Home’s Relay team will have bingo until around 9:55 p.m., at their campsite.
Starting at 9:15 p.m., teams will participate in the Road to Recovery, which are Flintstone style cardboard boxes, decorated to look like an actual car, or themed to each team’s campsite. Children and adults will race a short sprint in their “cars” to the finish line.
The Luminaria Ceremony will start at 10 p.m., which everyone in attendance is asked to stay silent during. Luminaria’s will be lit around the entire track, in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to cancer, in its many forms.
At 11 p.m., shortly before the close of the Relay, everyone will gather and join hands in the center of the football field to form the Circle of Hope. In the circle, everyone will take turns saying why they Relay.
During the event DJ Bobby Stell will be playing music periodically, when other events on stage are not happening.
Another feature to Relay, which is returning is themed laps. There will be four special themed laps: glow, bubbles, hula and noise.
Relay teams will have a variety of different activities at their various campsites. Some of those include a photo booth, children’s games, lemonade/snow cone stand, temporary tattoos, Relay store, bake sales, raffles and so much more.
For more information on Lewis County’s Relay for Life event, visit their Facebook page and event page.