Relay For Life returns June 14-15

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Article Published: Jun. 13, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 16, 2013
Relay For Life returns June 14-15

The survivors lap at the annual Relay For Life in Watauga County is always a moving experience — in more ways than one — for everyone involved.

Photo by Sherrie Norris

Watauga County is serious about fighting cancer, and the evidence will be obvious at Watauga High School this weekend as the High Country community gears up for its annual Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event.

The action begins Friday afternoon and will officially end early Saturday morning as hundreds comes out in force to fight back, celebrate and remember.

See schedule of activities below. For more information on Relay For Life and how you can help, visit

Schedule of Events

2 p.m. – Begin setting up team tents at Watauga High School
3 to 5 p.m. – Pre-recorded music
3 p.m. and on – Activities and fundraisers are being held at various team tents. Food will be available at concession booths and surrounding area.
3 to 7 p.m. – Luminaria for sale at Luminaria Tent. Money may be turned in at the accounting tent
5 to 10 p.m. – Relay Store open
4 to 5 p.m. – Zumba with Gwen Dhing (Donations accepted for Relay For Life)
5 to 9 p.m. – Silent auction opens for bids
5 to 11 p.m. – Inflatable playground, slide and climbing wall open, provided by JUMP (Closed for opening ceremony at 7 p.m. and Luminaria Ceremony at 9:30 p.m.)
5:15 to 5:45 p.m. – Appalachian Rhythm Cloggers perform on stage
6 to 7 p.m. – Survivor Registration & Gathering at Survivor Tent on track (Survivors who did not attend the dinner may register now and receive free T-shirt)
6:15 to 6:45 p.m. – High Country Cloggers perform on stage
7 to 7:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies on stage (welcoming remarks, speaker Paul Young, National Anthem performed by Maggie Idol, invocation by Roy Dobyns, Color Guard by HCC Military Officers Association of America), Survivor & Caregiver Lap, Survivor Reception (following Survivor Lap)
7:30 to 8 p.m. – Native Sons Band
8 to 8:30 p.m. – Country Magic Cloggers perform on stage
8:30 p.m. – Caregiver Recognition & Lap
9 p.m. – Georgia Donour (gospel music), bidding closes at silent auction (items must be picked up and paid for between 9:30 and 10:15 p.m.
9:30 p.m. – Luminaria Ceremony (narration by Dr. Dick Jones, Bringing in of the Relay Torch, Memorial Torches Lit by family members, Silent Luminaria Lap led by bagpiper, Jamie Fish)
10 p.m. – Team Recognition and Lap, Closing Ceremony
10:15 p.m. and on – Bingo in Survivor’s Tent, walk all night, campout on the field
Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. Saturday, June 16 – Relay conclusion, site cleanup

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