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Relay for Life this Saturday
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Relay for Life organizer Carla Savage shows the T-shirt that will be available Saturday in downtown McMinnville during the annual fundraiser to fight cancer.

The Survivor Walk will be back and there promises to be plenty of ice cream.


Relay for Life is set for this Saturday, June 4, in downtown McMinnville. Activities will include two concerts, a live auction led by Donald Hillis, kids games, and several food vendors.


“We’re pumped about all of it,” said organizer Carla Savage. “We’ll be able to offer our Survivor Walk again this year and we had our Survivor Dinner last week at Westwood. It’s great to be back to normal.”


Activities begin at 5 p.m. and will be centered around Court Square.


Food vendors will offer BBQ, walking tacos, homemade ice cream, and an attractive selection of desserts, among other items.


At 5 p.m., the First Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic Faith will perform on the Grassy Lot stage.


Talented local band Assisted Living will play beginning at 6 p.m. The band features the harmonies of Steve Harvey, Wayne Wolford, Joe Collier, Nick Bouldin and Patrick Harvey.


Opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. with an invocation by Central Church of Christ preacher Cody Boston and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Survivor Children.


After the opening ceremony, the emotional Survivor Walk begins.


An auction conducted by auctioneer Donald Hillis will follow the walk.


The luminaria ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Luminarias honor lives touched by cancer.


They can be dedicated to a loved one lost, someone currently battling, or anyone who’s overcome cancer.


Cost is $10. Purchases can be made the night of the event.


Savage says canned food donations are always needed to weigh down the luminaria bags. She says the cans are donated to the Warren County Emergency Food Bank after the event.