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RFL ready to go ‘around the world’

The 12th annual Relay For Life of Harrison County will be Friday and Saturday at the Corydon Central High School track, which is located at 375 Country Club Road in Corydon.
This year’s theme is Around the World, with 26 teams decorating their areas according to the country they drew. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same theme as last year.
‘We went with it again because last year we had some storms come through and had to move things inside Corydon’s gym,’ Relay co-chair Dennis Thomas said. ‘So many teams had already purchased items for their country and didn’t get to show them off that we decided to have the same theme.’
Relay begins with the fifth annual Uesseler chicken dinner, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The cost for the dinner will be $7 ($6 tickets can be purchased in advance). Lunch sales will also take place Friday at 11 a.m. at the Corydon Moose Lodge; Moose members will grill the Tyson chicken halves, and St. John’s Lutheran Church members will prepare the meals. Tickets can be purchased from any Relay team captain or from Thomas at First Harrison Bank at the main branch location at 734-3466. Donn Blank is accepting group or business orders and can be reached by calling 1-812-989-0883.
The Survivor lap and Caregiver laps will begin on the athletic track at 6 p.m., followed by a live auction at 6:30.
Four events ‘ We Are the World theme lap and Guitar Hero contest (7 p.m.), Walk Like an Egyptian theme lap (8:30) and T-shirt toss (9:15) ‘ precede the luminary ceremony at 9:30, when cancer survivors Hannah Richardson, Josey Kintner and Ashley Fancher will give inspirational speeches. Fancher was a guest speaker last year, while Kintner was a guest speaker in 2007.
The evening is capped by an Espanola theme lap at 11 p.m. and Fear Factor at midnight.
A Margaritaville theme lap will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Born in the USA theme lap at 10. Closing ceremonies will take place at 11 starting in the CCHS auditorium, then finishing with a final lap on the track.
Relay For Life continues to be one of the largest fundraisers in Harrison County. In 2006, $105,000 was raised; in 2007, 42 teams raised $125,000; and, in 2008, a little more than $100,000 was raised by about 35 teams. The local event started in 1998 when 10 teams raised a total of $11,000.
For more information, contact Thomas at 734-3466 or co-chair Doug Robson at 738-7736.

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