Written by The Herald-News
The Northeast Montana Relay for Life will be held July 26-27 from 7 p.m. Friday night until 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Valley County Fairgrounds. With activities all around the free stage area, everyone including the walkers will be able to hear and participate in everything happening on stage.
The survivor reception starts at 5:30 p.m. under the grandstand where all cancer survivors and their caregivers are welcome to eat. The relay will open at 7 p.m. with area military veterans presenting the American flag and Peyton Cole singing the National Anthem. Cancer survivor Bob Connors is this year’s keynote speaker and survivor Skip Erickson will light the “Flame of Hope.”
Area cancer survivors will lead the “relay laps” followed by all 23 teams. Each team will have a member of their team walking on the track for the following 14 hours. The track will circle the stage and fair office area and will be lined with luminaria. The luminaria ceremony will begin at 10 p.m. with the lighting of luminaria and quiet time while names and pictures are scrolled on a big screen.
People can bid on silent auction items until 11 and 11:45 p.m., browse and shop at the relay store and visit the “remembrance” area where they can reflect and honor those who have lost the battle.
At midnight, the “Fight Back” ceremony will include lighting and releasing Chinese lanterns. After that, people can enjoy pizzas and sub sandwiches at the Knights of Columbus food booth. During the event, relay teams and other vendors will offer items for sale with proceeds going to the relay.
Games, music and entertainment will be held throughout the night with the famous “Amazing Race” from 2 to 4 a.m.
Brad Persinger will revive everyone at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning with reveille and breakfast will be served. Final wrap up, fundraising reports and awards will begin at 8 a.m. with the ending victory lap at 9 a.m.
For more information, contact Jamie Seyfert at 230-0137 or Miranda Palm at 263-2187.