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Relay for Life this Saturday
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Relay for Life organizer Carla Savage shows the T-shirt available for this year’s event, which will be held on Court Square in downtown McMinnville this Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The fight against cancer makes its way to downtown McMinnville this Saturday night beginning at 5:30 p.m. for the community’s annual Relay for Life.

The event will feature food trucks, an auction led by skilled auctioneer Donald Hillis, and a touching luminaria ceremony to honor survivors and remember those who have passed.

“Everybody is eager to get back out so this will be a great way to socialize and raise money for Relay for Life,” said organizer Carla Savage. “We have several food vendors lined up and there will be homemade ice cream and baked goods available so you can get a cookie to go with your ice cream.”

BBQ, fried bologna, and BLTs are among items scheduled to be offered from food vendors beginning at 5:30 p.m. The auction starts at 7 p.m. and will feature a wide selection of items set to go to the highest bidder.

There are two quilts, a Yeti cooler, a cedar swing, gift baskets from Southern Traditions and Walker Gardens, and gift cards from retailers such as Gateway Tire and Evelyn Taylor Avenue. That’s a sampling of what will be available.

The luminaria ceremony is scheduled to begin as soon as it gets dark, around 8:30 p.m. 

Relay for Life T-shirts are available for $12 and $14 for extra large sizes. Survivor hand prints are another tradition which will continue and Blood Assurance will have its bus onsite for blood donations.

Thousands of dollars has already been raised with the team from Citizens Tri-County Bank leading the charge with $6,268. Pioneer Pediatrics is in second place with $2,570, followed by Team McMinnville Electric System in third with $1,670, and Homeland Bank with $1,620.

To date, a combined $15,084 has been raised locally with a goal of $25,000.