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Relay For Life is May 31-June 1
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:09 PM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – The 2013 Relay For Life of Paulding County will be held from 6 p.m. Friday, May 31, until noon on Saturday, June 1, at the Paulding County Fairgrounds. The theme for this year is “Rockin’ It Out To a Cure.”

This is also the 20th-year celebration of the local relay, and with the lifetime fund-raising now just $200,000 away from the $1 million mark.

Last year, Paulding County Relay For Life netted $122,597. This year the goal is to raise $129,000 for cancer.

The Relay For Life will commence at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremonies and the raising of the flag.

Also at 6 p.m. there will be the survivors, caregivers and team captains laps. Those participating in the Survivors lap may register at 5:15. This year’s honorary survivors are John LaFountain, Richard Nickols and Roger Sierer. If you are a cancer patient, cancer survivor, caregiver or a team captain, please attend so you can be among those being honored.

The Miss Relay Contest will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m.

From 7:30-8 p.m., get ready to dress up and shake your booty and prepare to do the Harlem Shake. A video and the event will be sponsored by Erika Pease Photography. From 8-9 p.m. there will be the Hair Band Pixel Pacers and at the same time there will be a Best Band Groupie Contest. You won’t want to miss this.

The Luminaria Ceremony will take place at 9:50 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Friday night. Chairman of the event Stephanie Hull said, “This is a very emotional time and everyone is invited to attend. Luminarias are lit and placed around the track in honor or memory of loved ones. Luminaria can be purchased at the relay or in advance. This year people could include pictures of their loved ones on their luminary if they want to.”

There will be a DJ on scene all night playing music as well as a silent auction.

From 11 p.m. until midnight there will be Music Trivia with the “We Cancer Vive” team

At midnight, there will be a game called, “New to Relay Game.” The game will be similar to the Newlywed Game.

From 1-2 a.m., you can play “Musical Chairs” with the Crew for a Cure and from 2-3 a.m. get out your rockers and rock for a cure with the Rough Riders.

If you are still awake from 3-4 a.m., play “Name that Tune” with the Marathon Moms. There is to be a Jimmy Buffet themed event, “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere” from 5-6 a.m. From 6-7 a.m. there is to be exercise with the Bootcamp Major Fitness Group.

Are you ready for breakfast? There is to be a Pancake and Sausage breakfast, sausage biscuits and gravy and burritos.

A Mom-to Mom sale will begin at 7 a.m. and last until 11 a.m. and from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. there will be the Inaugural Relay Car Show Drive. There is to be a kids carnival from 8-11 a.m.

Also, at 11 a.m. there is to be a Cornhole Tournament with Walt’s Warriors plus a 5 K run will be going on from 10-11:30 a.m.

At 10 am there is a Tae Kwon Do Demonstration with the Pil-Sung Academy.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday the winners of the silent auction and raffles will be announced. At 11:30 until 11:59 there will be the closing ceremonies and a 20-year celebration, followed by the first lap for 2014’s Relay For life.

Hull said, “We have faith that everyone in Paulding County will join us in the fight against cancer. We just want everyone to come out and have a good time while raising money for Relay for Life.”

For further information concerning the local Relay for Life May 31 and June 1, see the Web site at