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Fergus ‘Relay For Life’ to celebrate 20th

Published 11:21am Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The community is welcome to attend an event this weekend that honors loved ones, raises money and celebrates survivors.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of West Otter Tail County is this Friday and Saturday at M State. It marks the 20th birthday of the local relay, and the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society.

The open ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the event runs until 6:30 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

“So have everybody say their prayers for us,” said Darla Jacobson, event chairwoman.

People can still purchase luminarias through Thursday at Security State Bank, from a Relay For Life team member or at the Relay itself. The event was decorated with 3,500 luminarias last year.

“We’re hoping to exceed that,” Jacobson said.

The Luminaria ceremony will begin at 9:30 p.m. Friday, when all of the Luminarias are lit on the track.

“The Luminaria ceremony is basically a time to reflect,” Jacobson said. “It’s very emotional. It’s a time to remember those we’ve lost. And to fight back against cancer.”

It’s also a chance to celebrate those who are cancer free or those who are going through treatment.

Survivors can register at the Relay, and there will be a survivor picture taken at 6 p.m. Survivors will take the first lap.

Relay For Life raised $72,000 last year, and they would like to raise $75,000 this year, Jacobson said. Fifteen teams will participate, which is about the same as last year. The money helps to fund American Cancer Society research.

“Every two out of three cancer diagnoses are surviving today,” Jacobson said.

Visitors can experience a wide array of entertainment, including the Fergus Falls High School marching band drum line, Explosive Rockats, Outpouring, Mollie Dean and Jeff Saunders Karaoke.

Underwood Lions Club will serve up pork chops starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Minnesota Motor will also provide a golf cart for those who might need help getting around.

“It truly is a community event and everyone is welcome,” Jacobson said.

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