LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Moore County’s 12th annual Relay for Life is set for this Friday, June 3. The annual event will move back down to Wiseman Park — it was held on the Lynchburg town square last year — and will begin at 6 p.m.
While the Relay is moving back to its longtime home, event organizers decided to stick with one of the changes that they introduced last year. The Relay will conclude at midnight. For years, it was a 12-hour event, but organizers found that participation began to fade after 2 a.m., so they decided to keep it as a six-hour event this year.
During last year’s event, 11 teams and hundreds of supporters came together to raise more than $23,000 for the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.
According to the Relay for Life official website — <http://relay.acsevents.org> — the first-ever Relay event was held in May 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash.
He raised $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society. The following year, 340 supporters joined the overnight event. Since then, the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.
Moore County held its first Relay in 2005 at the high school.
The 2016 theme is the Mardi Gras.
Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m., including the Survivor Celebration Lap, the Caregiver Lap and the Parade of Teams.
The schedule of activities includes:
6:45 p.m. — Teams will recruit Womanless Pageant contestants;
7 p.m. — Paint Balloon Game and Adult Musical Chairs;
7:30 p.m. — Womanless Pageant Crowning and Princess’s Crowning;
7:40 p.m. — Look Good, Feel Better Makeover for team members;
8:10 p.m. — Shaving Cream Balloon Toss;
8:30 p.m. — Rose Ceremony followed by Luminaria Ceremony;
9:30 p.m. — Dance off;
10 p.m. — Lip Sync Battle between Teams;
11 p.m. — Team Scavenger Hunt;
Midnight — Closing Ceremony, including awards and the presentation of the coveted “Spirit Stick” to the team that has won the most points during the night.
2016 teams include: Methodist Movers, All Jacked Up for a Cure, Lynchburg Flowers, Lynchburg Nursing Center, Cashion Team, Miss Bobo’s Cooking for a Cure, Paws for a Cure, Scouting for a Cure and Tower Community Bank.
Relay teams raise money in various ways throughout the year. On Relay night they sell a variety of food, including hamburgers, hotdogs, loaded baked potatoes and strawberry shortcake, drinks and snacks.