Tonight’s 11th annual Relay for Life will be a celebration honoring cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.
At 5 p.m. games and food booths will open featuring an array of food from fish dinners, hamburgers and hot dogs, to Hawaiian chicken kabobs.
In addition to more than 40 teams selling food items and holding other fundraisers in booths spread out around the track at Nunley Stadium, the Relay committee will present entertainment on the main stage throughout the event which will last until midnight.
Bran Merritt and Sleep Nation will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. to entertain the crowd with their alternative rock music.
At 7 p.m., Relay will officially kick off with a special survivors’ lap, a moving experience honoring those who have defeated cancer. All survivors in attendance are invited join in taking Relay’s opening lap, while friends and loved ones surround the track to cheer them on.
After the initial survivors’ lap, all attendees are invited to take to the track in honor of, or in memory of, those who have battled cancer.
This year’s theme of “Dream Big, Hope Big, Relay Big” sparked a Big and Beautiful Pageant in which one member from each team will dress as what “big” means to them. Contestants will be introduced on the main stage at 7:45 p.m. They will then mingle with the crowd asking for donations. The winner of the contest will be announced at 9 p.m.
At 10 p.m., all activity will pause as the 2013 Relay Committee presents a special luminaria ceremony remembering individuals who have fought and lost the battle to cancer, as well as honoring those individuals who fought the cancer battle and won or who are presently fighting the disease.
Names of survivors and those lost to cancer will be read as all participants observe a time of silence. Paper bag luminarias will be lighted prior to the ceremony to represent these individuals. Anyone desiring to make a $10 luminaria donation may do so at the Relay Committee tent until 9 p.m.
The closing ceremony will be held at midnight.