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Goal surpassed during Relay for Life event

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Families and friends of those touched by cancer walk the luminary-lined path during Friday night's Relay for Life fundraiser at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.

WORTHINGTON -- Kim Lambert said it was pretty exciting to go into the Nobles County Relay for Life on Friday knowing they had already achieved the goal they had set for their fundraising efforts.

"We were shooting for about $82,000," she said Sunday. "We're at about $93,700."

Some of the teams haven't yet turned in their final funds, so a bit of money will continue to filter in, said Lambert, who is the Nobles County Relay For Life Co-Chairperson. Since they are so close to reaching the $100,000 mark, they will probably make some kind of push to reach that number, she added.

The event was a huge success, with beautiful weather, plenty of activities and a fairground full of people.

"It was a wonderful night," Lambert admitted. "We had the closing ceremonies at midnight, and had great help cleaning up. I commented that it took all day to set everything up and less than half an hour to tear it all down."

The Relay used to be an overnight event, but less and less people were staying every year, she said, and it was getting harder to get people back in the morning to clean up. Ending the event at midnight worked well, Lambert said.

There were several new teams this year, and some of their activities around the track included a dunk tank, wine bottle toss, face painting and jewelry sales.

There was also alive auction and a bucket raffle, which Lambert said got a bit hectic.

"We've already discussed things so we can be better prepared next year," she said with a laugh. "Our turn-out was so good, and we didn't have enough help to take care of the onslaught."

People were patient during the craziness -- a fact Lambert very much appreciates. The Relay committee likes to try new things so every year isn't the same, but there can sometime be a bit of a learning curve involved.

Lambert also wanted to thank the businesses and individuals that support the fundraising efforts each year and do the things they do to make the event such a success.

"It's a great cause, and all of us are affected by cancer one way or another," she said. "If we all work together, we can continue to make great strides."