In a nearly last-minute scramble to find a new location, Relay for Life of Wetzel County will take place at the Wetzel County's 4-H Grounds this weekend.
The event was to be held at Magnolia High School's track, as always, but the track is currently undergoing a resurfacing project and will not be ready for foot traffic in time. Wetzel County Commissioners approved use of the 4-H grounds on Tuesday morning. That approval included use of the Town and Country Days office for counting of money; they also approved the use of the "new pole building," in case of inclement weather. Lori McCoy of Wetzel County Relay for Life also requested that fire pit devices by the track be used for the event, the commissioners agreed.
Set-up and registration will begin at 4 p.m., with the opening ceremonies slated for 6 p.m. Relay for Life starts at dusk and ends at the next day's morning. The light and darkness of the day and night parallel the physical effects, emotion, and mental state of a cancer patient while undergoing treatment.
Teams participate in the relay, but those without a team are also invited to attend, walk the course, remember and honor those who cancer has touched, and participate in the various fund raisers at the event.
It's also a good place to eat dinner as food and beverage items such as pepperoni rolls, french fries, hot dogs, watermelon, baked goods, popcorn, nachos and cheese, homemade ice cream, slushies, meatball hoagies, sausage hoagies, walking tacos, lemonade, pop, water, and coffee will be for sale.
Games and other attractions include: face painting, photo booth, jail, duck pond, and ring toss.
Local sponsors for this year's event include 93 R WXCR FM, A-L Concrete, American Legion Post #181, Axill Corporation, B&E Deli, Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union, Bridgeport Equipment, CB&I, Citgo Service Station, Consol Energy, Country Roads Ford, Witschey's, Mason's Depot, Dailey Corporation Power Country 104, EZ Care, Harlem Rockets, J.C. Mensore Distributors Inc., Loyal Order of Moose #931, McDonald's, New Martinsville Police Department, Occasions, Quinet's Restaurant, St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Steve Mason, Green Acres Citgo, Wendy's, Sweet Melissa's, Wal-Mart, WesBanco, Wetzel Chronicle, Wetzel County Hospital, Wetzel County Schools, Wheeling Hospital, West Virginia Northern Community College, Dominion, Litman Excavating, B&C Deli, Cozart Auction Services, and Wetzel County Commission.
Remember, there is no finish line until we find a cure.
Schedule Of Events
4:00 p.m.Set-up and registration
5:30 p.m.Survivor reception
6:00 p.m.Opening ceremony (National Anthem,
prayer, read sponsors, read survivors)
6:45 p.m.Survivor lap, caregiver lap, everyone
(Girl Scouts to lead survivor lap)
7:00 p.m.Tharp Brothers
8:00 p.m.Silver Eagle Band
8:45 p.m.Purse auction and Mr. Relay introduction
9:30 p.m.Luminaria ceremony
9:50 p.m.Barb Cecil
11:00 p.m.Crown Mr. Relay
11:30 p.m.Zumba lap (Prodigy Wellness Center)
11:45 p.m.Relay Idol
12:45 a.m.Quitter's lap (for those who have
kicked the tobacco habit)
1:00 a.m.Crazy hat lap
1:30 a.m.Musical chairs
1:45 a.m.Gangham style lap
2:00 a.m.Chicken dance lap
2:15 a.m.YMCA lap
2:30 a.m.Hokie pokie lap
2:45 a.m.Pajama lap
3:00 a.m.Oldies dance lap
3:15 a.m.Backwards lap
3:30 a.m.Conga line lap
3:45 a.m.Locomotion lap
4:00 a.m.Fight back, closing, awards and
5:00 a.m.Clean-up and breakfast by Quinet's