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Nobles Co. Relay for Life is Friday

Nobles County Relay for Life, June 18-19, 2010. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- In hopes of drawing more people and offering a walking path more sheltered than that used in previous years, the Nobles County Relay for Life is shifting from a 12-hour event to a 7-hour event, and relocating the luminary-lined track to the paved and gravel surfaces between the fairground buildings.

The 15th annual Relay, conducted from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, raises funds and awareness for cancer research, celebrates cancer survivors and remembers those who have lost their fight with the disease.

Campsites will begin selling food and other items at 6 p.m., with opening ceremonies to kick off at 7 p.m.

The silent auction will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. in Benton Hall.

Nobles County Relay for Life co-chair Kim Lambert said the new location -- central to the exhibit buildings -- will provide needed wind protection and shade, as well as cover in the event of rain. Benton Hall will house the survivor registration table, luminaria and silent auction items.

Teams are encouraged to set up their campsites in the sheep barn, which will also cover a portion of the luminary-lined track.

"Teams are encouraged to decorate in a birthday theme this year again," said Lambert, adding that 18 teams have registered for this year's Relay -- a decrease from last year.

Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite themed-campsite by depositing donations in decorated containers at each site.

The site that receives the most donations will be presented with a traveling trophy.

New this year, Lambert said people will receive a string of beads each time they purchase food or items from a campsite, and at the end of the night, those with the most beads will take part in a drawing for door prizes.

The 7 p.m. opening ceremony will include Ed Henning's performance of the National Anthem, recognition and remarks by Honorary Relay Chairwoman Nancy Teerink, the butterfly release, survivor walk, caregiver recognition and walk.

At dusk, Mark Loosbrock will sing "Point of Light" during the luminaria lighting ceremony.

Throughout the evening, Tony Winter will provide musical entertainment.

The event will conclude with a closing ceremony at midnight.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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