Harrison Relay begins second decade
The 11th annual Relay for Life for Harrison County will be held Friday and Saturday at the Corydon Central High School Athletic Field.
What started as an event with 11 teams that collected $11,000 for the American Cancer Society has grown into a much larger, community-wide activity.
Dennis Thomas, co-chair of the event along with Doug Robson, said last year’s Relay raised a record $138,000 collected by 42 teams representing businesses, church groups, other organizations and individuals.
That brings the total raised by the Harrison County Relay to about $225,000. This includes proceeds from other events such as Donkey Ball.
As always, the Relay will begin with the Survivor Lap, followed by the Caregiver Lap, at 6 p.m. Friday. (Team registration, as well as survivor registration, begins at 5 p.m.)
For those who don’t eat before they arrive, Uesseler Family chicken dinners, prepared by Corydon Moose Lodge, will be available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. (And, because the aroma usually entices a few taste buds while the chicken is cooking throughout the day, the Moose Lodge will sell chicken dinners for lunch at the Lodge at noon.)
This year’s theme is Around the World.
Thomas said all campsites will be decorated according to the country that they drew.
‘There will be plenty of things for kids to do,’ Thomas said. ‘We encourage the community to come out and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.’
The John Jones Hot Air Balloon will be on hand, and a live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Numerous items have been donated for this Relay activity, and a list of those can be found in the Classifieds section, page C8.
While at least one representative from each team walks laps around the track, there will be plenty of activities for everyone else. Those include ‘Fear Factor,’ ‘Relay Idol Contest’ and ‘Guitar Hero Contest.’
This year’s guest speaker will be Robin Bays, who will talk about her daughter Maggie’s experience with cancer.
That will be followed by the Luminary Ceremony at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday morning, beginning at 9 a.m., the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be available to the public for blood donations.
All participating teams and sponsors will be recognized at the Closing Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Thomas said.
Sponsors for this year’s Relay for Life are: gold ‘ First Harrison Bank, Caesars Indiana, Harrison County Hospital, O’Bannon Publishing Co. and Corydon Moose Lodge; silver ‘ Tyson Foods; and bronze ‘ Lanesville Heritage Weekend, Wal-Mart, O’Charley’s, Harrison County Community Foundation, Cancer Care Center, Floyd Memorial Radiation Therapy, Kellum Imprints, Lanesville Food Mart, St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, Rotary Club of Corydon, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and JayC Food Stores.