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Centralia Relay for Life schedule finalized

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm

The fun starts this Saturday!

Something big is coming to the Centralia City Square.

This Saturday at the Centralia City Square.

This Saturday at the Centralia City Square.

Saturday, August 25 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., people will walk, run, ride or roll to raise funds for the fight against cancer and to have a good time during the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Participants give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer,  said Amy Arp, one of the event’s organizers.

The relay is a team fund-raising event where team members take turns walking around the square. Each relay is six- to 24-hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps, Arp said. “Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.”

Each team sets up a theme-based campsite at the event and continues their fund-raising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fund-raising goal.

The relay begins 2 p.m. with a welcome ceremony.

Then the fun begins. As relay participants take their laps around the city square, with Rollins, Allen, Singleton and Sneed closed for the  event, the following activities will be occurring:

• 2:30 p.m., the bounce house, dunking booth and silent auction open

• 3:30, Jenga

• 3:30, Kerplunk

• 4, Wet T-shirt game

• 4:30, Yard Yahtzee, dunking booth closes

• 5, Survivor reception – hope floats – root beer floats, survivor registration and gifts.

• 6 p.m., Opening ceremonies, flag presentation by the Centralia VFW, invocation, National Anthem sung by Cyndi Hargis, survivor speech – Kristina Palmer and survivor, caregiver, sponsor and team laps.

• 7 p.m., kids’ Power Wheel race “We are excited for a new event this year which is the Power Wheels 100,” Arp said. “This is where the community can bring their children and their power wheels vehicles up and race around the closed off square.”

• 7:30 p.m., K-9 demonstration by the Centralia Police Department and closing of the silent auction

• 8:30 p.m., Luminaria ceremony

• 9 p.m., Fight Back ceremony, “When everybody is encouraged to make a difference,” Arp said.

• 10 p.m. Closing ceremony, last lap 2018 and 2019’s first lap.

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.