The Banks County Relay for Life will be held May 16-17 at the old Banks County high school football field, located behind the new elementary school.
“It’s not just for cancer survivors and families of cancers victims, but it is for everyone, whether you have been touched with cancer personally, or not,” states Anita Bonds, one of the volunteers. “But most people, if they will be perfectly honest, knows of someone with cancer or have known someone with cancer. The committee plans on it being a fun-filled night for all ages. Please come out and support those with cancer and remember those who have fallen to cancer. We would love to see the elementary school parking lot around the school filled with cars that night.”
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the survivor tent, which will recognize the survivors in attendance.
At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, a welcome will be given, as well as a presentation of the American flag colors by the Banks County High School Jr. ROTC Club. The pledge of allegiance to the flag will be given by the Cub Scout Bear Den #1. Singing of the National Anthem will be by Mandi Slaton. Survivors will also be speaking about their experiences with cancer.
Next up, will be the survivor lap, caregiver lap and team laps. The walk will begin after the team lap is concluded. At this time, the Little Princess and Master Relay event will be held. Boys and girls representing each time will be going around the track and collecting donations for their efforts. The money raised will go to the team they represent. The boy and girl with the most money by the luminary ceremony will be recognized as Little Princess and Master Relay for Banks County.
At 7:30 p.m. The Presley Trio will sing, and at 8:30 p.m., One Choice will sing. At 9:15 p.m., Amazing Grace by One Choice will perform. This will be followed by the playing of “Taps” by trumpeter, Andy Paulk, and the luminary ceremony. The ceremony honors those who are fighting cancer now and those who survive people who have died from cancer.
Luminaries can be purchased for $5 e ach and are placed around the track and stands. They are lit at sundown and all electrical lights are turned out.
After this ceremony, entertainment planned includes: The Browns at 10 p.m.; The Mazwells at 11 p.m.; and Rusty Cheek’s band at midnight.
From midnight Friday to 6 a.m. on Saturday, different events will be featured around the track, including walking backwards, skipping, walking with buddies, singing while walking, only kids on the track, only women on the track and only men on the track. There will also be other games and contests featured on the stage.
Each team will have different activities and food concessions at their tent sites.
The theme of the relay this year is “Celebrate Life.”