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Relay gets OK to return downtown
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Childhood cancer survivors recognized at last year’s Relay for Life, include, from left, Hunter Bernhardt, Kelsi Caten, Branson Pack, Emma Walker and Briggs Davis.
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Carla Savage

McMinnville officials have approved the return of Relay for Life to downtown McMinnville on June 4. 

“We want to close Court Square around noon so our teams can set up,” said event organizer Carla Savage, in making the request before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. “We really don’t know how many teams we will have this year, but we are hoping everybody will be back and we raise a lot of money.” 

Plans, says Savage, are to close both sides of Court Square – the fountain side and City Hall side. However, if both sides are not needed, then only the City Hall side will be closed.

“We would like to close Main Street at about 4 p.m.,” said Savage. “That really worked out good last time. We want to give the merchants as much time with the street being open as possible. We’ll plan on closing that at around 4 p.m. with the help of McMinnville Police.” 

The event officially kicks off at 5 p.m.

“Hopefully, we will have games, food booths and an auction,” said Savage. “I put on here to reopen the streets by 11 p.m. Last year we opened them a lot sooner. As soon as we can, we’ll say guys, open us back up.”

Also requested from the city are tables, chairs, stage, garbage cans, and, if needed, podium and sound system. 

“I think that’s about everything,” said Savage. “It’s all the normal. We’re just going with it and hope it’s bigger and better.”

Alderman Rachel Kirby asked how many people might be attracted to the event, to which Savage replied, “Usually, we hope for 1,000. Last year we didn’t because we didn’t do our survivor walk. We are planning our survivor walk. You know, everyone wants to get out and do things. We are planning our survivor walk, so that will bring more people out. I’m saying 500, but I don’t know.”

Alderman Zach Sutton asked Fire Chief Kendall Mayfield if the event’s fireworks would create an issue, to which Mayfield replied, “No.”

The fireworks display was previously allowed on Blue Building property. 

However, fireworks is one item still up in the air, according to Savage.

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen provided unanimous approval for 2022 Relay for Life to be offered downtown on Saturday, June 4.