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Relay for Life to be
held this weekend


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  Henry County’s annual Relay for Life, an event that raises money for the American Cancer Society, is scheduled for Friday night at Union Grove High School on East Lake Road just east of Hwy. 155.

  The festivities begin with the survivor dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, then the action moves to the football stadium, where more than 100 teams will gather for a full night of activities.

  The opening ceremonies start at 7 p.m. with the survivor walk, as all cancer survivors take a lap around the track. Then there will be a release of doves and the team parade, during which each team will be announced and recognized.

  As of Friday, according to the web site, 109 teams and 1,303 participants had raised $136,020.22. A spokesperson for the event, said that 102 teams took part last year.

  A luminary ceremony is scheduled for 9 p.m. and Nola Crane, Publicity Chair, said about 2,000 candles will circle the track. Many of the participants in Relay for Life will spend the entire night at Union Grove, with the closing ceremonies set for 7 a.m. Saturday.

  A DJ will be on hand all night to assist with games and entertainment, and the Mr. Relay pageant is scheduled for 11 p.m. Men dressed as female pageant contestants will go around, purses in hand, soliciting donations and the contestant with the most donations will be the winner. 

  A number of local restaurants will have booths at the field Friday evening providing food for purchase.

  Teams will not be allowed to begin setting up on the field before 5 p.m.

  Due to a lack of parking, a free shuttle service will operate during the event. Attendees can park at Salem Baptist Church on Hwy. 155 south of East Lake Road and ride shuttle buses to the high school.

  For more information or to participate, go to and click on the “Find Your Local Relay For Life” link.



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