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2006 Relay carries ‘carnival’ theme

Forty teams are expected to participate in this year’s Harrison County Relay for Life, which will include numerous activities at the Corydon Central High School Athletic Field.
The event, now in its ninth year, officially begins Friday at 6 p.m. but Uesseler family chicken dinners, prepared by members of the Corydon Moose Lodge, will be available starting at 5 p.m. Each dinner, which includes a drink, is $6. (For those who really can’t wait, Moose members will sell chicken dinners for lunch beginning at noon Friday at the lodge on Chestnut Street.)
Cancer survivors, as well as all team members, are invited to register for the Relay beginning at 5 Friday evening, said Dennis Thomas, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Doug Robson. This is the fourth year that Thomas has chaired or co-chaired the Relay.
As always, the first scheduled event will be the Survivor Lap, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. This will be followed by the Caregiver Lap.
The annual live auction will follow at 6:30 p.m. Numerous items have been donated and those items (as of yesterday’s deadline) are listed in today’s Classifieds section. Anyone still wanting to donate to the auction can do so by contacting Chris or Julie Timberlake at 738-7293.
Live entertainment by ‘The Vinyl Kings’ will follow the auction. The group plays music from the 1960 and ’70s.
At 9:30 p.m. Friday, the annual Luminary Ceremony gets underway. Guest speakers will include members of the late Carl E. Uesseler family. A former principal and superintendent of the Lanesville schools and a past board member of the South Harrison Community School Corp., Uesseler died May 8, 2004, at the age of 66 after a 16-year battle with cancer.
‘Radio Daze’ will play classic and contemporary rock following the Luminary Ceremony.
Thomas said this year’s Relay has a carnival theme.
‘Most campsites will have carnival activities, including a dunk tank,’ he said. ‘We encourage the community to come out and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.’
As team representatives continue to walk around the track during Friday night and Saturday, there will be other events to participate in or just watch, such as a Fear Factor and Relay Idol contests, the Really Bad Relay Idol contest, Relay Barnyard Blastoff, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, euchre tournament and a volleyball tournament.
Start Saturday morning with Shirley’s Breakfast (serving starts at 7 a.m.) followed by the second annual car show, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Thomas said all participating teams will be recognized during Saturday’s closing ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. A drawing for a gas grill will be held at that time; you must be present to win.
Persons who haven’t pre-registered as a team can still do so, Thomas said. The best time to do that would be tomorrow evening (Thursday) at 6 at First Harrison Bank’s main branch in Corydon. Eight to 12 people are recommended to comprise a team; one representative from each team is needed at tomorrow’s meeting, Thomas said.
Sponsors of the 2006 Relay are: gold ‘ First Harrison Bank and Caesars Indiana; silver ‘ Tyson Foods and Harrison County Hospital; and bronze ‘ Lanesville Heritage Weekend, Wal-Mart, O’Charleys, Harrison County Community Foundation, Bluegrass Cellular and Floyd Memorial Hospital.
Relay For Life began in 1985 in Washington state and has since expanded to more than 3,300 communities in the United States and eight foreign countries.
For more information about the Relay, call Thomas at 738-2198.
Last year’s Harrison County Relay For Life raised a record $110,000, Thomas said.