Relay event runs Saturday to Sunday

— The American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser will be Saturday and Sunday in the Agriplex at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road.

The event has been moved from its traditional location on the Okanogan High School track so weather will not be a worry. In recent years, the event has been hit by rain and wind.

The change also should make it easier for people with respiratory problems to participate, organizers said.

It also has been changed from a Friday-Saturday event to a Saturday-Sunday one.

This year’s Relay features 13 teams with a fundraising goal of $52,000.

Despite the changes, a lot of the Relay’s traditional features remain.

Teams can start setting up at noon Saturday, the same time survivor and luminaria tents and the Relay store open.

Lady J will provide karaoke from 1-2:30 p.m. A silent auction begins at 2 p.m.

The opening ceremony will start at 3 p.m.; Stephen Smith serves as emcee. An opening prayer will be offered, and trophies will be given to the Top 3 fundraising teams from last year – American Cancer Society Board, Okanogan Soaring Eagles and Angels of Hope.

Sponsors, survivors and caregivers will be recognized.

After the national anthem, cancer survivor Tucker Yaksic will cut the ribbon to open the relay. A survivor and caregiver lap, led by Boy Scout Troop No. 60, will follow.

The parade of teams is at 3:30 p.m., with the first walkers taking the track at 4 p.m.

Lady J will provide more karaoke from 4-5:30 p.m.

Children’s games – three-legged race, red light/green light, Simon says and musical chairs – w ill be from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Ruby Rust, with Denny Richardson and friends, will perform folk and rock music from 6-9 p.m.

The silent auction ends at 7 p.m., the same time as the Mr. and Mrs. Relay contest. Tent site judging will be from 8-8:30 p.m., with more children’s games from 8-9 p.m. Games include a balloon ring toss, bean bag toss and bowling.

The luminaria ceremony will be at 9:30 p.m., with Michael Timm sharing a survivor story. The ceremony includes an invocation, team captain candle lighting ceremony and the song “Every Candle has a Name.” A silent lap will follow.

Teen games – glow bowl and glow balloon toss – will be from 10:30 to midnight. A cake walk is set for midnight.

Overnight activities include Xbox and Wii games, and movies.

Sunday morning brings games and an Eagles breakfast at 7 a.m., with the closing ceremony, participant awards and victory lap at 8 a.m.

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