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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 5, 2009

This year marks the 25th year for Relay for Life. Saturday marks the 13th year for Emmet County’s Relay for Life.

We don’t expect the day to be unlucky as most of the fundraising have taken place throughout the year. However, weather forecasts do call for a chance of thunderstorms which the farmers won’t mind if it comes with rain, but the walkers might.

Residents of Emmet County should be proud to know that this area is among the top fundraisers per capita in the nation.

The day promises to be packed with events, starting at noon with the opening ceremony. Boy Scout Troop 31 will raise the flag and honorary survivors will be introduced. The survivors will take a celebratory lap and teams will be announced.

Entertainment will be provided all day, with music by Alan Morphew, Many Voices Choir, Estherville Lincoln Central vocal and instrumental students, Iowa Lakes music students, Mark Lair, Northern Lights Quartet and more.

Many items will be auctioned off, including several gift baskets, Relay for Life coats, a picnic table and more.

Most raffles will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m.

Dusk will prove to be a solemn time with the lighting of the luminaries. The first one will be lit by an honorary cancer survivor. Closing ceremony will be at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Even though the forecast calls for showers, rain won’t dampen the spirits of those participating. Grab your umbrella and raincoat, and come out to support survivors and remember those who have been lost.