Organizers of the Highland County Relay for Life that takes place Friday and Saturday at the Highland County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro want the public to know that it can join the fun and help make the event a success.
“We want to stress that this is a community/family event. They do not have to walk, unless they want to, the teams will do the walking,” said Cindy Wilson, who serves as an event leader with Cheryl McGee and Melinda Daniels. “Bring the family out to eat, play games, enjoy the car show, take part in the quarter raffle, see what teams have at their booths for the silent auction and watch team members do silly things, all while raising money to end cancer. Team members do this for everyone’s loved ones that have lost the battle or are still fighting the fight.”
The relay starts with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday and a survivors lap following immediately. All cancer survivors and caregivers are invited. There will be sponsor lap at 7 p.m. and a veterans lap at 7:15 p.m.
“Sponsors can take the track for a thank you lap while we thank them for all their support,” Wilson said. “Service members will take a lap alone and teams will line the track to honor our service members.”
There are also two new events this year and one event back for just the second year.
A car show that starts at 5 p.m. Friday and is the event returning for a second year. The registration fee is a donation.
Rather than a live auction, new this year will be a quarter auction that begins at 8 p.m. Friday. Some of the 16 teams will also have silent auction items available to bid on at their booths.
Also new is a 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the fee is $25. The run/walk begins at 8 a.m.
Throughout the evening and overnight there will be contests to keep everyone going with a theme of “Family Game Night.” There will be “Miss relay” and at 10:30 p.m. a contest where participants dress up like their favorite game show piece. There will be lip syncing and at 1 a.m. a dress-up contest where participants can use only duct tape, newspaper and toilet paper to make their costumes.
There will be an egg/spoon race at 2 a.m., a glow-in-the-dark balloon toss at 4 a.m. and sunrise yoga at 6:30 a.m.
From around 5-10 a.m. Saturday the teams will serve all kinds of tasty breakfast items.
Closing ceremonies start around 11:30 a.m. Saturday and the event concludes at noon.
“We just really want people to come out and have a good time with us and help support our efforts to beat cancer,” Wilson said.
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