KEYSER - Mineral County Relay for Life will take a departure from tradition next weekend, with the main event to be held from noon until midnight Saturday at the walking track at Clark Field along U.S. Route 220.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Mineral County Relay for Life will take a departure from tradition next weekend, with the main event to be held from noon until midnight Saturday at the walking track at Clark Field along U.S. Route 220.
In the past, the major fund raiser for the American Cancer Society has been held overnight from Friday to early Saturday morning, with some participants even camping out at the site.
According to event chair Ramona Hanlin, however, the planning committee decided to hold the event during the day this year to hopefully entice more people to stop by and participate in the festival-like atmosphere.
A full schedule of events and entertainment is planned, kicking off with the welcome and prayer at noon and the flag ceremony and ribbon cutting at 12:15 p.m.
Throughout the event, participants will have the opportunity to take part in various laps around the track, including a patriotic lap, with everyone dressed in their patriotic best; A Hawaiian lap, with colorful shirts and leis the norm; and a crazy hat lap, which is pretty much self-explanatory.
The traditional survivor lap, which everyone encouraged to wear their purple survivor t-shirts, has been scheduled for 6 p.m.
Musical entertainment will include performances by Savage Road, the Rainbow Choir, Paul Steedman and the Knobley Mountain Pickers, Pan Jammin’ Steel Band, and Steve Smith.
Always a somber highlight of Relay for Life, the luminaria ceremony will get underway at 9:15 p.m., with the track lined with candles in memory of loved ones who have been lost to cancer or in honor of those who are fighting or have won the battle with the disease.
A number of teams will be set up throughout the day offering various items and/or food for sale to continue raising funds for the cause.
Among those items scheduled to be offered are: Wooden roses, pulled pork sandwiches, a baked potato bar, ham sandwiches, walking tacos, funnel cakes, baked goods, fried Oreos, hot dogs, bracelets, necklaces, sunglasses, various pet-themed items and a variety of drinks.
A mechanic bull will be set up, along with bouncy houses, and bracelets allowing for unlimited use of those items throughout the day can be purchased for $5.
A full schedule will appear in the News Tribune next week.