Relay for Life set for tomorrow

Published 9:21 am Thursday, April 19, 2012

Relay for Life will start at 6 p.m. at Turner Park.

The annual “Relay for Life,” one of Crenshaw County’s biggest events, will take place this Friday, April 20 at Turner park in Luverne.

Relay helps raise money for the American Cancer Society, and hundreds of people from around the area take part.

The theme for this year’s event is “Round Up for Relay,” and opening ceremonies will start at 6 p.m., during which all cancer survivors, Relay teams and sponsors will be recognized.

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Locks of Love is an organization in which volunteers donate their hair to make wigs for chemotherapy patients, and a special hair-cutting ceremony will take place at 8 p.m.

One of the most meaningful parts of Relay is the Luminaria Ceremony, which is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Luminarias are placed around the track in memory or in honor of those who have fought cancer, and each one will be lit before the memorial lap.

Luminarias cost $5 and can still be purchased on the day of Relay.

Following the Luminaria Ceremony, there will be a womanless beauty pageant at 10 p.m.

Throughout the night, there will be themed laps, including Hawaiian, sports, Mardi Gras, neck tie and Western, which ties into the overall theme of Relay.

Relay teams will be competing for top awards in most money raised, Relay Champions and Spirit of Relay.

The night will end with an awards ceremony scheduled for 1 a.m.