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Relay for Life This Saturday

By Staff | Jun 23, 2015

Relay for Life of Palo Alto County kicks off Saturday afternoon, June 27, at Soper Park in Emmetsburg. Events will begin at 3 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., luminaries at 8:30 p.m. and the closing ceremony at 10 p.m.

Performers will take the stage at Soper Park, beginning at 3 p.m. The performers include Kayla Joyce, Tatum Iverson, Kylie Iverson, Holly Countryman and Ryan Joynt, Tyler Hauge and Friends, Caroline and Helena Fantz, Ava Burdorf, Addison Opheim and more.

The Silent Auction will be set up at 3 p.m. Bids will be accepted until 8 p.m.

Kelly Bay will be giving massages in the park from 3 to 5 p.m. The photo booth will be open from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring their own cameras for a unique photo opportunity.

New this year are Sand Volleyball and Bags Tournaments, both beginning at 3:30 p.m. Registration for Sand Volleyball teams of six to eight players is $40 per team. Contact Molly Burdorf. Bags Tournament teams of two, entry fee is $25. Sign up that day or in advance.

Face painting begins at 4 p.m. Sierra Origer will be painting faces until 6 p.m.

Supper will be served, beginning at 5 p.m. Palo Alto County Cattlemen will be grilling.

Another new event at relay for Life is the Frozen T-Shirt Contest. Old Relay shirts will be frozen before the event. Each person has to thaw the shirt…as quickly as possible.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. with Troy Sargent as emcee. Deb Walsh will offer the opening prayer and the VFW Color Guard will advance the colors while the National Anthem is being played.

The 2015 Honorary Survivor, Jean Long, will be introduced.

Jean will lead the Survivor Lap at 7 p.m. There will be a Caregiver Lap and Parade of Teams Lap.

New this year is the Bead Lap. Participants will receive a string of beads for a free-will donation. The more laps they walk, the more beads they can collect.

Troy Sargeant and One Layne Band will perform on stage at 7:30 p.m.

Raffle winners will be announced at 8:15 p.m. Tickets will be available in advance and also at the park for:?One Year Wellness Center Membership; Sixfoot Aluma Picnic Table; Quilt by Classic Quilters; Firepit from Hardware Hank; Tablet from Young’s Custom Computers; and One Night Stay at Nelson’s CabInn.

Luminaries are a big part of Relay for Life. These decorated white bags are placed all around Soper Park in honor and in memory of loved ones affected by cancer, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Bags are available by contacting Jody Leuer at Palo Alto County Extension or Katy Schrieber at The Office, downtown Emmetsburg. Decorated luminaries can be returned to the Relay Headquarters tent on Saturday for display that evening. Bags will also be available at Soper Park on Saturday. A free-will donation will be accepted for luminary bags.

There will be a movie for kids at 8:30 p.m. “Big Hero 6”?will be shown at the bath house in Soper Park.

There are six teams participating in 2015 Relay for Life:

Team Tonderum is sponsoring the photo booth.

Team Office will have a candy buffet.

Sock It To Cancer is offering cookies for sale.

Cancer Crushers will have freeze pops for sale.

Almost Lucid will have shaved ice and walking tacos for sale.

Hunting for a Cure will have a bake sale and they are selling bottled water.

Closing Ceremonies begin at 9:45 p.m. with a review of the day.

Malorie Girres will be taking photos of Relay for Life activities throughout the day. Her photos will be posted on Facebook at a later time. Look on Facebook page Relay for Life of Palo Alto County.

Relay For Life is a unique grassroots fundraising event in which individuals and teams of participants in over 6,100 communities nationwide walk around a track to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost, and commit to fight back against the disease.

The money raised through Relay For Life supports the efforts of the American Cancer Society to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.