The Lincolnton Relay for Life has been plagued by rain over the past two years and organizers want a dry night for this weekendâ€™s events. So far, the forecast sounds good â€” partly cloudy with highs in the 80s.
Co-chair John Dancoff said he hopes it will help this year that the Relay will bring in a meteorologist as celebrity host Chris Suchan of WBTV.
â€œThat should guarantee us good weather,â€ said Dancoff.
Suchan is expected to be accompanied by a WSOC-radio personality from Charlotte.
Dancoff said itâ€™s important this year that the event go on as scheduled so participants can enjoy the celebration of the American Cancer Society fund-raiser.
â€œThe hard part happens before the Relay when all the fund-raising is going on,â€ said Dancoff. â€œThe Relay is the celebration, and we want people to come out and enjoy it.â€
The Lincolnton Relay hopes to raise $175,000 this year, a lofty goal.
â€œIt will be tough, but itâ€™s possible,â€ said Dancoff.
If the goal is met, it would be added to the East Lincoln total of some $204,000, marking a record fund-raiser of nearly $380,000 for Lincoln County.
This year 42 teams representing churches, schools businesses, even a girl scout troop and a â€œSurvivorsâ€ group will pitch camps at Lincolnton High School stadium and hold a night-long vigil as team members take their stint walking laps. Some call it a â€œcommunity slumber party.â€
Itâ€™s a smaller number than in the past, but this yearâ€™s teams are very dedicated, Dancoff said.
Activities Friday evening and Saturday morning include an obstacle course, a â€œmoon bounce,â€ face painting, furniture raffles, plants and shrubbery raffles and a wide variety of foods.
Entertainers include Low Willy Country Rock band, Prevalent Heroes and the Red Letter Band.
Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. Friday with the National Anthem. The survivorsâ€™ ceremonies begin at 6:45 p.m. with the victory lap around the track at 7 p.m. The luminary lighting, honoring those living and deceased who have battled cancer, will be held at 9 p.m.
Relay teams will set up tents and walk the track all night long. Closing ceremonies will begin at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”For more information call John Dancoff at 704-732-3396 or Susan Beaver at 704-735-6779. by Al Dozier