Shown are survivors taking the first lap at the Jackson Middle School Track, during a previous Jackson County Relay for Life event.

Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Aug. 7 newspaper on Page A1.

JACKSON — In 2016, Jackson County Relay for Life moved the event from Jackson to Wellston. Now, Relay has made its way back to the county seat.

The Relay is slated for Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Jackson Middle School Track, located at 21 Tropic St. in Jackson.

Lighting the Jackson County Relay for Life torch, better known as the “Flame of Hope,” this year will be Judy Mahony. Each year a survivor or some battling cancer is chosen to light the torch which symbolizes just what it says, hope to beat cancer in all of its forms.

The fundraising goal this year is set at $75,000.

There will be fun for the entire family including food, games, entertainment, other team sponsored fundraisers and much more.

2019 Schedule of Events:

  • 4:30 p.m. — Survivor Registration; Little Miss/Mr. Relay Registration
  • 5 p.m. — Survivor Reception; Little Miss/Mr. Relay Contest
  • 6 p.m. — Opening Ceremony and Awards
  • 6:15 p.m. — Survivor/Caregiver Lap
  • 7 p.m. — The Silver Serenaders
  • 7:30 p.m. — Rockin’ Reggie (games and dancing)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Luminaria Ceremony
  • 10 p.m. — Entertainment (TBA)
  • 11:30 p.m. — Closing Ceremony

Prior to the events at the track, a baby contest will be held at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Jackson Fellowship Hall, located at 225 Church St. in Jackson (across from the Apple Tower). Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $10, and the contest begins at 10 a.m. Open to boys and girls, with age divisions from newborn through 48 months. The theme is “Sunday Best.” Awards to be given to first, second and third places.

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