Big year for Relay for Life
The annual Faribault County Relay for Life event is all set for Friday night, Aug. 9, at the Faribault County Fairgrounds.
And this year there is a lot to celebrate. It is the 25th year the cancer fundraiser has been held in Faribault County.
There will be a few extra events at this year’s Relay for Life to commemorate the 25 years. For instance, a special video of scenes from all 25 relays will be shown continously during the evening. And, there will be a special quilt display, which is made up of T-shirts from each of the 25 years.
There are also going to be some special surprises at this year’s Relay for Life, including a ‘twist’ on the Ms. Relay Contest.
Relay for Life starts off each year with a community supper at the fairgrounds running from 5-7 p.m. Entertainment begins at 5:15 p.m. and runs to 6:45 p.m., when the opening ceremony begins.
From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. there is more entertainment, including Faith in Song, Murry Brothers, P-31 and Shellie Berndt.
A silent auction runs from 5-9 p.m., with a live auction at 8 p.m.
The lighting of the luminaries which surround the walkways and streets of the fairgrounds, begins at 9:30 p.m.
This year there is something new with a Prayer Chapel open for those who wish to stop in. It will be in the West Delavan Church on the fairgrounds, and will be open from 7-9 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. It is sponsored by the Blue Earth Ministerial Association.
This year there are 18 relay teams participating in the fundraiser. Some are from a few years back and are returning for the 25th anniversary event.
This year’s Honorary Chairman is Diana McTamaney of Blue Earth. A story about McTamaney, as well information on all the activities at the Relay for Life and a list of the names of the teams, is in a special Relay for Life section elsewhere inside this week’s Faribault County Register.
In addition to the relay itself, there will also be a Survivor Reception on Monday, Aug. 5, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium at the Ag Center in Blue Earth.
All cancer survivors and their relatives are invited to attend the event.