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10th annual Relay for Life begins Friday

When Harrison County first participated in the Relay for Life event, 11 teams collected $11,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Now, 10 years later, the annual fund-raiser has grown to include 40 teams and raises in excess of $100,000.
‘We hope this will be our biggest year of fund-raising ever,’ said Dennis Thomas, who has co-chaired the event the past few years. Doug Robson is the other co-chair.
The Relay begins Friday evening at 6 when cancer survivors will walk around the track of the Corydon Central High School Athletic Field. The next lap will be taken by caregivers of cancer patients.
Last year, the Harrison County Relay raised $110,000, Thomas said.
Forty teams of people from businesses, church groups and others have been collecting pledges for this year’s event. Team and survivor registrations begin at 5 p.m. Friday.
Two activities have already been held this year with the proceeds being donated to the Relay. The first was a donkey basketball contest involving Corydon teachers. About $2,500 was collected there. The other was a golf scramble that netted about $6,500.
Before the Relay concludes at noon Saturday, other activities at the athletic field include a live auction at 6:30 and the luminary ceremony at 9:30, both Friday night. Josey Kintner, a teenager who is a cancer survivor, will speak to those in attendance prior to the reading of the names of those who have lost their lives to cancer and survivors.
Thomas said the John Jones hot-air balloon will be on hand Friday night again this year, weather permitting.
This year’s Relay theme is a Mardi Gras carnival.
‘Most campsites will have carnival activities,’ Thomas said. ‘There will be plenty of things for kids to do. We encourage the community to come out and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.’
Throughout the nighttime hours, there will be a ‘Fear Factor’ and ‘Relay Idol’ contests, the ‘Really Bad Relay Idol’ contest and a cornhole tournament.
On Saturday morning, spectators can visit the third annual Relay Car Show from 8:30 to 11:30.
All participating Relay teams will be recognized at the closing ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Thomas said.
Persons who might want to eat and help the Relay fund-raising cause can do so beginning at noon Friday when the Corydon Moose Lodge will have chicken dinners available at the lodge off Chestnut Street.
‘That’s one of our best advertising efforts,’ Thomas said, referring to the aroma of grilling chicken.
The Uesseler Family Chicken Dinners, prepared by the Moose Lodge, begins at CCHS at 5 p.m. Friday.
Shirley’s Breakfast will be available Saturday morning.
Sponsors for this year’s Relay for Life are: gold ‘ First Harrison Bank, Caesars Indiana, Harrison County Hospital and O’Bannon Publishing Co. Inc.; silver ‘ Tyson Foods; bronze ‘ Lanesville Heritage Weekend, Corydon Wal-Mart Supercenter, O’Charleys, Harrison County Community Foundation, Bluegrass Cellular, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany, Kellum Imprints, Lanesville Food Mart and Duke Energy.
See today’s special insert for more on this weekend’s Relay.

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