The 9th annual Jack County Relay for Life organizers, survivors, and participants are getting ready for another great Relay this weekend, hoping to raise yet another phenomenal amount, as is customary for the county, to be used by the American Cancer Society to help others.
They have been brave planning this year's event, making two substantial changes, first with the date, from late March to mid-May, and then changing the time from 12 hours to 6 hours, starting at 6 p.m. this Friday and ending at midnight.
The place is the same, the Jacksboro Middle School practice field. It will be moved to the Jack County Fair Barn in the event of inclement weather.
The survivor dinner will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday (today) at the Concerned Citizens building, 400 East Pine Street. This is a great time to celebrate hope with many survivors in Jack County attending this dinner celebration.
It is not too late to purchase a luminaria for the candlelight ceremony Friday night. A slide show of pictures and names is planned for this year's Relay, honoring those who battle cancer and for those who lost the battle.
The booths/campsites will be decorated and visitors may vote on the best decorated booths with money. There will also be dress up themes throughout the evening, as in years past, with the first one at 6:30 p.m., "Survivors are Super Heros" with participants dressing as a super hero; and subsequent themes: "Saddle up for a Cure," wearing western wear; "Hunting down a Cure" with camo; "Scaring Away Cancer" with Halloween costumes; "Today is your birthday" wearing party hats and blowing party horns; and "Ready to Fight Back" wearing your favorite sports apparel.
Opening ceremonies will include the flag presentation by the Boy Scout Troop 11, the national anthem sung by Trinity Reynolds, invocation by J.D. Ezzel of Jack County Cowboy Church, introduction of committee members and the Survivor Lap, with caregivers and teams joining these fighters' lap of victory.
Individual team members who have raised $1,000 will be recognized and honored at the Relay Friday.
There will be a silent auction, Baby Beautiful Contest, Wonder Women Tug O' War, Shellie's Singers, Scavenger Hunt, Locks of Love, Kiss the Pig, Relay Royalty, Harlem Shake, speaker and closing ceremony.
Teams participating include American Patriots against Cancer; Bryson Cowgirls Volleyball; Christians for a Cure; EMS Avengers; Faith Crusaders; Friends with a Cause; JCCC Lone Rangers; JNB Lifesavers; Lindsey Jailbirds; Schoolhouse Rock; Tiger T.U.F.F.; Wild for Hope; and Wonder Women.
Booths are selling pulled pork sandwiches, glow in the dark necklaces, brisket sandwiches, frito pie, turkey legs, corn on on the cob, nachos, jewelry, face painting, fried fish, homemade corndogs and lemonade, hamburgers, fish tank coin drop game, bake sale items, cupcakes and bubbles. There are Carnival Cruise vacation raffle tickets being sold the night of the Relay, as well.
So, there is a lot planned and many things to do to support the Jack County Relay for Life. The organizers look forward to seeing all county residents attend to support this worthwhile event. Questions may be directed to Michele Strickland (940) 507-1843 or Susan Damron (940) 507-0635.