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Scare Away Cancer Friday The 13th

By Echo Menges

The Knox County Relay for Life event will take place this Friday, June 13, 2014. This year’s theme is fitting, Scare Away Cancer, to coincide with the date of the event, which is this Friday the 13th.

“We have eight teams this year,” said Knox County Relay for Life co-chair Betty Couch. “We have two new teams this year. One of them hasn’t even got a name yet.”

According to Couch, two blocks of North Main Street will be closed west of the Knox County Courthouse and 4-H/FFA Pavilion between Highway 6 and Clay Street. The street will be closed from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Organizers and teams will begin setting up Main Street at 4:00 p.m. and volunteers from local 4-H Clubs are gong to help fill the luminary bags under the 4-H/FFA Pavilion Friday afternoon.

The event will kick off at 6:00 p.m.

David Sharp will sing the national anthem and UMC Pastor Sam Smith will be doing the invocation at the very beginning of the event.

The Honor Guard will be present and will lead the way for the survivors during the first lap of the relay, which is a yearly tradition.

There will be entertainment by local musicians from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The Luminary Ceremony, which is the reading of names of the people luminaries were bought in memory and honor of, and the lighting of the luminaries will begin at 9:00 p.m.

The annual Lip Sync contest will begin at about 10:30 p.m. and will be at the 4-H/FFA Pavilion.

“We have a variety of food. There will be all kinds of sandwiches and drinks. One team is doing pulled pork, another will have brats, another is doing hot dogs and hamburgers and more. There will be all kinds of pies and desserts and ice-cream sundaes. We hope people will come and eat their supper at the event,” said Couch.

Team’s will have different types of booths set up all along the relay route raising money to “Scare Away Cancer.”

Last year the Knox County Relay for Life reached their goal and raised over $35,500 for cancer research and patient services.

“This year’s goal is $35,500 again. We decided to keep it the same. I think people have really supported us well. I think we’ll make it.”

Co-chairs Nena Palmer and Betty Couch work hard to organize this event every year.