Special To The Herald
WATER VALLEY – The annual Relay for Life will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday night, June 3, in the Crawford Sports Complex with the survivors’ dinner, hosted by the Rotary Club.
The public events at this year’s Relay start at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremony, followed by the survivors’ lap. All local survivors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the dinner and participate in the survivors’ lap.
There will be live entertainment during the evening.
The entertainment schedule starts with One Mile South, who will take the stage from 7-8:30 p.m. Valley Dance Company will follow with a 30 minute performance. Big E & the Driftin Hound Dogs will play from 10 to 11 p.m. Effie Burt will take the stage for the final act, from 11 to midnight.
During a break in the entertainment at 9 p.m. the luminary service will start. This year will it feature the luminaria bags (sold for $10 each) and the luminaria lampposts (sold for $10 per post), and the exciting new luminaria sky lanterns will be featured. This lantern simulates a hot air balloon. This is a white bag that is lit and fills with hot air that floats into the sky (these are being sold for $50 each). The Sky Lanterns will be released as part of the ceremony at the end of the traditional Luminaria service. All three types of Luminaries can be purchased this week at Mechanics Bank and also may be bought the night of Relay.
Many team activities will go on throughout the evening and everyone is encouraged to come out and continue the fight to find a cure for cancer.
In 2010 Yalobusha County was ranked number 12 per capita in the MidSouth Division based on the money raised.
“Let’s move on up and show our local, state, and regional states just how strong Yalobusha is! Let’s Relay!,” encourages Kate Rosson, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.