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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Relay for Life moving to High School gym

  • The Relay for Life event is being moved to the Wellington High School because of predicted bad weather for this weekend.
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  • The Relay for Life event is being moved to the Wellington High School because of predicted bad weather for this weekend.
    The relay, which raises awareness and money for cancer research, will start at 6 p.m as originally scheduled, and go until midnight. It was originally set for the Middle School track, but organizers thought it would be better to avoid the rain.
    Last year’s event was rained out.
    Organizer Jessica Greenlee said the predicted storms, along with last year’s rainout, led them to make the move.
    “Last year the storm hit two hours into it. It breaks your heart to work so hard, decorate your campsite and all that, and have it rain like that,” she said.
    Survivors registration is to start at 4:30 at the high school, and the opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. Those ceremonies start with a lap by cancer survivors and their caregivers.
    The Relay will be held on the high school gym, and people will walk around the edges of the gym.
    There are several things scheduled along with the walking around the track.
    Michelle’s Encore Dance group will perform at 7 p.m.
    A balloon launch had been scheduled. Greenlee said they are still trying to see if they can still do that in some way.
    The luminary’s, which are lanterns lit in memory of those that have died from cancer, will also be set up. A special ceremony for that is set for 9 p.m.
    The tacky queen contest will be held at 10 p.m. In this event, men dress up like women and perform a talent.
    There is a  “fight back” ceremony at 11 and the closing ceremonies are set for midnight.
    A biscuits and gravy feed will start at 11:30 p.m., and will be by donation.
    There are nine teams this year, which is down a little, but Greenlee said there has been a lot of enthusiasm among the teams so far.
    “Corporations in the community have also been great,” she said.
    Plans are already underway for the following year. They are planning on spreading events out a little more. The bark for life, which involves walking with dogs, will likely be in October next year instead of the spring.

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