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Meetings have been held monthly, teams have been chosen, yard sales, cookouts, bake sales and bike runs have been going on for months. All to benefit the 2010 Trimble County Relay for Life.
Friday night will start the third continuous year in Trimble County. And it’s the third year to use the front parking lot of Bedford Elementary School.
The community is invited to attend the festivities Friday night. For those of you who do not know what the Relay for Life is all about, you will be in for a huge surprise.
According to Wikipedia.com, the first Relay took place in Tacoma, Wash. in 1986 with just a small team of people, friends of Dr. Gordon Klatt, who the year before had collected $27,000 by walking around a track at Baker Stadium, University of Puget Sound. It now has almost 4 million people in over 5,000 communities taking part in a 12-hour event to honor those family members and friends who have survived cancer and to remember those who have not survived while raising money for research to find a cure.
American Cancer Society’s slogan is “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”
And that is what we do. Church members, businesses and individuals form teams averaging 15 members, they choose a theme and hold events to make money for their team. All money goes to benefit the American Cancer Society and is used in the county where it is earned.
Usually, the 12-hour event runs from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Team members set up booths to hawk their wares. It is a carnival-like atmosphere with lots of food, games and entertainment.
This year will be no different than last year’s or Relay or Relays held in other areas. It will simply be fun and entertaining and friends can visit quietly among the hustle and bustle of the mingling crowds or be part of the crowd.
“Celebrate” – The Survivor Dinner will start at 5 p.m. Baptist Hospital Northeast provides the meal, and you must register to participate.
Judge-Executive Randy Stevens will open the event at 7 p.m. Brother Tom Starks will give the opening prayer. Gene Crady, the Trimble County Boy Scouts and Amy Ashby will present the colors of the flag.
Survivors then take their lap around the oval, caregivers follow with their lap and then each team takes a lap. This starts the first lap for each team, as someone from each team has to be on the asphalt for the rest of the night. While this is going on, the entertainment starts at 8 p.m. with Indiana Boots and Jeans Square Dancers.
The Luminaria Ceremony will be at 10 p.m. this ceremony is the “Remember” section, when participants gather and remember those who have died from cancer. Usually the bags are decorated and have the name of the loved one written on it. It is then placed around the track and candles inside the bag are lit symbolizing a light of hope that a cure will be found. A lap is walked in remembrance and honor.
The rest of the night or morning as it is nearing the witching hour by this time, is filled with music, games and food.
This year’s event has Ryan Wardlow and his band at 11 p.m., followed by Darren O’Neal Band at midnight. Southern Country Band will perform starting at 2:30 a.m. and Heavens Light Band will close out the entertainment section starting at 5 a.m. The closing ceremony is at 6:30 a.m. and everyone picks up, cleans up and heads for home around 7 a.m. L.A. Entertainment will again provide the sound for the event.
If you have never been to a Relay, you do not have to be a member of a team to enjoy the night. Come out for the cakewalk, corn hole tournament, balloon pop or get your face painted. You can dunk your favorite person at the dunking booth, too.
So come to the Bedford Elementary School Friday night, June 11 and see what it’s all about. You will be entertained.