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.