|Teams will walk the high school track all night to raise money for the American Cancer Society|
The Color Guard with the Franklin County High School Air Force Junior ROTC program led the opening survivors’ lap at last year’s Relay for Life event. This year’s Relay will start at 6 p.m. tonight.
Friday, June 22, 2012
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
Teams will hit the Franklin County High School track field tonight for the annual Relay for Life event.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremony hosted by Kenny and Barbara Holcomb, followed by the lap for survivors and then the caregivers' lap.
Guest speaker is Pearl Simmons with Jaime Singleton announcing.
Teams will then carry their banners and make a lap, which is followed by a kids' lap.
A pie eating contest is set for 7:30 p.m. with entertainment by Gab Robey and Friends, starting at 8 p.m.
"Remember," the luminaria ceremony, begins at 9 p.m., with the lighting of the luminaries, lighting of HOPE and the personal candle ceremony. A lap to reflect in silence as participants follow bag pipe player Brian Farrell around the track will follow.
The ceremony is a tribute to honor those who have been touched by cancer.
At 10 p.m., the Mr. and Mrs. Relay contest finale will be held, followed by musical entertainment at 10:30 p.m. and a dance contest at 11:15 p.m.
As team members walk around the track, many activities will be held throughout the night with closing ceremonies set for 6 a.m. Saturday.
Robin Wunderlich, one of the Relay's organizers, said 31 teams are participating this year, and the theme is Turning Up the Heat on Cancer. Teams will decorate their tents with their ideas of how to turn up the heat, she said.
All proceeds from the Relay for Life go to the American Cancer Society to help continue the fight for a cure.