Lebanon — Lebanon may play host the biggest Relay for Life in the city’s history this weekend at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds.
More people than in years past are expected to walk to support the fight against cancer during the 20-hour, overnight event Friday and Saturday. So far, 32 teams are signed up with more than 300 individual participants — numbers that are higher than the last two years, said Kimberly Moore, event chairwoman.
“We have a fantastic turnout, but we can always get more,” Moore said, adding that everything is open to the public. “We encourage as many people as we can to get out there to get the word out.”
Last year, 28 teams brought 330 people to the Relay. This year’s 32 teams and 300 people do not accurately reflect the total number yet, Moore said, because some teams have not individually signed up each person yet.
The fundraising goal is slightly down this year compared to last — $45,000 from $52,000. Last year, the total raised was shy of the goal.
“I think the teams feel more disappointed if they don’t hit (the goal), even though they’ve worked so hard,” Moore said. “So we hate to do that. The teams do their very best, and any amount to go toward the fight is good.”
This year’s theme is Beach Party Relay, which is creating a lot of interest, Moore said. Teams are decorating grass shacks, and one is even building a pier with a lifeguard chair. There will be a voter’s choice award for the best decorated booth.
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