Saturday, June 8, is the big day for anyone who is concerned about finding a cure for cancer.
The 16th Annual Otoe County Relay for Life celebration will be held at the fairgrounds area which was formerly South Park in Syracuse.

Saturday, June 8, is the big day for anyone who is concerned about finding a cure for cancer.
The 16th Annual Otoe County Relay for Life celebration will be held at the fairgrounds area which was formerly South Park in Syracuse.


The event is a culmination of a year’s worth of fundraising for cancer research. So far this year, the 23 Otoe County teams have raised over $47,000.


It begins at 4 p.m. with two hours of children’s games, teams selling their wares, and activities for people of all ages.


A survivors dinner will be served by Dan Master’s Orchard Hill barbecue at 5 p.m. in the Fair Center. Food will continue to be served throughout the evening, with half the proceeds  donated to the Relay.


The opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m., and survivors will lead the group in the first lap.


A live auction will begin at 7 p.m., and children’s games and vending will resume. The “Be Loud Lap” is at 8 p.m., and boys and men of all ages can take part in the “Miss Relay” competition. Luminaries are lighted at 9 p.m.


A “Sweet 16” cake eating contest will be at 10 p.m. and crooners can take the microphone and sing some karaoke. At 11 p.m. will be a crazy hat lap, and the movie “Wreck it Ralph” will show. A dance off is 12:30 to 2 a.m., a reverse direction lap at 2 a.m., musical chairs at 4 a.m. and scavenger hunts to find pajama pants, cans of food and three purple items.


Clean-up is at 5 a.m., and the “Finish the Fight” lap is at 5:45, with the closing ceremony at 6 a.m. For more information, see www.relayforlife.org/otoene.