Officials gearing up for this weekend’s Relay for Life

Authored by Jim Langham on Jun 17, 2013

In addition to walking to raise money to fight cancer, a whole slate of activities will be geared to help raise funds and to make the entire event an enjoyable family day out at this year’s Adams County Relay for Life, which will kick off at noon this Saturday and continue through Sunday at 10 a.m.
Various activities in tents and booths will surround the track at the Adams Central football field, this year’s relay location. Activities will include bracelets and fashion, scarves, face painting, de-stress massages, Minnie and Goofy on site, temporary tattoos, skin cancer screening, nail painting and stickers.
Other sales and events will include mud love bracelets, oral cancer screening, beads, buttons and balloons. There will also be plenty of homemade food on sale, all prepared to raise donations for this year's relay event.
An early bird brunch will be served by the concession stand from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Sign-up starts by the event tent on the track at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m., there will be “beat the heat” water games in the center of the field. There will also be other family activities.
The ever-popular survivor and caregiver laps will take place at 6 p.m. At 9 p.m., the sacred luminary service will be conducted. Then, at midnight, there will be a pizza party and all night movie marathon.
Sunday will feature an inspirational service at 9 a.m. followed by the event wrap-up ceremony at 10 a.m. Last year’s event raised $97,000 by the conclusion of the event.
Jeanie Adkinson, who is heading up this year's event, said that she can't say enough about the success that she sees coming this weekend, thanks to the hard work and cooperation of volunteers, area businesses and teams.
“Team captains, you are the backbone and Relay couldn't happen without you,” said Adkinson. “To the participants that are fundraising and collecting money, you are awesome. And to the person that comes and walks or gives a donation, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
“At last count, we were already $10,000 ahead of last year at this time. It's going to be an exciting weekend. We are hoping to have a big turnout from southern Adams County in this year's event,” Adkinson said.

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