Excitement runs high for Relay For Life

Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Martha Smith of the American Cancer Society and Larry Holcomb, 2003 Relay For Life honorary chairman, display one of this year's survivor t-shirts. (Times photo/Anne Winchester)

Excitement is running high for the Clay County Relay for Life next month.

The Relay will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Heritage Park in Piggott. In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Piggott Community Center.

Team captains and members of the steering committee met Thursday night, March 20, to review plans.

Martha Smith of the American Cancer Society on Jonesboro displayed this year's survivor's t-shirt with a bright yellow sun design and the phrase, "Walking on Sunshine: Surviving One Day at a Time."

There will be a wide array of delicious food being sold by the teams, and carry-out orders will be available. The menus will include barbeque, funnel cakes, hot dogs, Polish sausage, fried apple pies, miniature pizzas, fried Twinkies, homemade cookies, fish and hushpuppies, cotton candy and hamburgers.

Thus far, 17 Relay teams have signed on, the Piggott Fire Department, Piggott Head Start, Traditional Ladies, Piggott Schools, South Thornton Church of Christ, Department of Human Services, WRECK, Darling, Wise Co., Emmanuel Baptist, City of Piggott, Aerial Bouquets, Piggott State Bank, Piggott Community Hospital, Piggott General Baptist Church and Piggott United Methodist Church.

The teams will also be conducting fun activities for all ages throughout the day, such as a Moonwalk, egg toss, pinata, Jaws of Life demonstrations, ring toss, pop-the-balloon, photos made with the fire trucks and a fireman's rodeo for children.

Entertainment groups will also perform during the day.

Prizes that will be given away to the public are a children's John Deere tractor, swing set, a barbeque grill and special Relay quilts.

Team awards that will be presented are Best Camp Site, Most Spirited Team, Most Money Raised by Bank Night and Most Money Raised by Relay Night. Individual awards will be given for the Most Laps Walked for male, female and youth.

The day begins with the survivors walk around the park and ends with the luminary ceremony held in honor and memory of loved ones.

Chairman Donna Seal said walkers are not limited to team members only and encouraged friends and family members to participate also.

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