Relay For Life activities set

Games, music and plenty of walking — 12 hours worth — are on the agenda for the 13th annual Allen County Relay For Life this weekend on the courthouse square.
The relay, a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society, runs from 7 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday.
Twenty teams, featuring a combined 250 or so members, will participate in this year’s relay, themed “Wide World of Sports.”
This year’s relay mirrors previous installments on the courthouse square in that each team must have at least one member walking around the courthouse square sidewalk for all 12 hours.
Festivities will actually begin 90 minutes beforehand with entertainment from David Shelby and the Harvest Praise Band. Becky French will sing the national anthem to begin opening ceremonies at 7 o’clock.
The Humboldt High School choir will sing as cancer survivors take a ceremonial lap to begin the actual relay.
Inflatable attractions will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m., with unlimited access bracelets for sale. The Iola Kiwanis Club will offer rides on its miniature train at 5:30, and the USD 258 relay team will sponsor a kiddies corner from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Food also will be sold starting at 5:30 p.m. The Gates Corporation team will sell hot dogs, nachos, chips and soda. The B & W Trailer Hitches team will sell barbecue fare prepared by Dudley Done Right. The Iola Kiwanis Club will sell sno-cones and cotton candy.
Leon Thompson will once again donate his services for a benefit auction Friday evening.
The luminary ceremony begins at 9 p.m. Luminaries sell for $10 apiece and can be purchased from any relay team.
Other fund raisers through the evening include foot spa treaments from Cindy Hesse with Curves and Friends. Hesse also will sell Jordan Essential products. The Iola Sisters team will partake in a drawing for an autographed Kansas City Chiefs football. The Gates team also will give away $710.09, in honor of the relay’s date 7/10/09.
Beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday, the Kappa Alpha Sisters team will sell coffee, cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy.
Participants who stay all 12 hours are eligible for a special prize at the end of the event.

SEVERAL ancillary activities are on tap this week.
Team members will meet for the final time this evening at 7:30 at the Allen County Community College Student Union to pick up T-shirts and turn in donations.
A special reception for cancer survivors will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Iola’s North Community Building. Survivors may preregister for the relay there and pick up their T-shirts. Refreshments will be served.
“This is the second year we’ve done this because we know a lot of the cancer survivors like to get their shirts early,” said Deb Scheibmeir, one of the relay organizers. “We hope to see a big turnout.”