There is a new look to Relay for Life this year. The annual fundraiser will be held on Courthouse Square in Emmetsburg from noon to 9 p.m., but the day and schedule have changed.
Relay Day is Friday, June 21. Events will begin at noon, kicking off with teams serving lunch from their booths over an extended lunch period, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
"We are hoping that employers will allow their employees to come to the Courthouse Square for lunch on Friday," said Val Bormann. "Each team will be serving something special and we hope to have a big lunch crowd."
Opening Ceremonies have been pushed back to 5 p.m. when people get off work and can join the crowd on the Courthouse Square.
The Survivor Garden will be set up on the Square, providing a place for cancer survivors. Cancer survivors and their families can have photos taken between 4 and 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment is a big part of the day. The public is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the afternoon and evening. As teams walk around Courthouse Square, singers and dancers will be on stage.
The Emmetsburg Dance Team will be the first to take the stage at noon. This is a new group that everyone will want to see.
Entertainment acts will take place approximately every 15 minutes, including:
Ava Burdorf, dance routine; Hanna Bird, singer; Kala Joyce, singer; Tatum Iverson, singer; Chloe Garmen, singer; Kiersten Duhn, singer; Halle McCullough, dance; Sarah Pugh, Shelby Loomis and Gillian Nolan, dance routine; Keegan Barrett, singer; Wayne Barrett, singer; MacKenzie DePyper, singer; Tori Hamson, singer; Katie Hoffman, dance; Erin Poeppe, dance; Molly Joyce, singer; Kayla Joyce, Molly Joyce, Calista Joyce and Sacha Alesch, singers.
One Layne Band will play at 6 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.; Sweet Adelines will sing at 7 p.m.
Members of VFW Post #2295 will form the Color Guard as the National Anthem opens Relay for Life ceremonies. The butterfly release, signifying "freedom," will be held prior to the Survivor Lap. The Team of Hope and Cancer Survivors will lead the lap around Courthouse Square.
Butterflies & Luminaries
The public is encouraged to participate in the second annual Butterfly Release. Butterflies can be reserved by contacting Charissa at 298-1052.
The Butterfly Release is sponsored by Kerber Milling. Make a donation to Relay for Life to participate in the Butterfly Release.
Luminaries are a big part of Relay for Life. These decorated white bags are placed all around Courthouse Square in honor and in memory of loved ones affected by cancer.
Bags are available by contacting Jody Leuer at Palo Alto County Extension or Val Bormann at Val's Body Shoppe, downtown Emmetsburg. Decorated can be returned to the Relay Headquarters tent on Friday for display that evening. Bags will also be available at Courthouse Square on Friday. A free-will donation will be accepted.
The Luminaria Ceremony offers everyone an opportunity to honor someone who is living with cancer or remember someone who has lost the battle.
The Slide Show will begin at 8:30 p.m. Friday, followed by the Luminaria Ceremony and Last Lap to conclude Relay for Life.
Donate To Relay
Business and personal donations to Relay for Life are still being accepted. Contact Val at 260-1698.
Drawings will be held for several items during Relay for Life. Tickets are available at Val's Body Shoppe, downtown Emmetsburg, and will also be available Relay Day.
Purchase chances for a 46-inch LED flat screen TV; a quilt donated by Classic Quilters; bicycle donated by Hardware Hank; one year membership to the Smith Wellness Center.