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Relay for Life entertainment announced

Plenty of entertainment is on tap for the 2009 Lamar County Relay for Life. After the welcome and opening ceremonies, the customary first lap of Relay will be walked by cancer survivors and their caregivers.  ”It is a celebration of hope and survivorship,” said co-chair Kim Wall. “There will be golf carts available for any survivor who would like to ride instead of walk the first lap.” Between 7:20 and 8:30 p.m. entertainment will be provided by D.J. Uncle Jeff, followed by the high school marching band at 8:30 p.m. and Cameron Shiflett at 9 p.m. The luminaria ceremony will be held at 9:30 p.m.  All luminary bags and torches will be lit and the lights turned off.  ”Everyone is invited to walk a silent lap to honor survivors and the memories of those who have lost the battle to cancer,” said Wall. “This ceremony is a time of reflection and encouragement.  It represents the strength of people who have faced this disease and the progress that has been made. “ About 10 p.m. Mark Henson and Band will take the stage. The ever popular Miss Relay contest will be held at 11 p.m.  ”Brave men dress up as women and compete by raising money and strutting their stuff on stage,” she said. After the contest, Southwind will perform from 12 midnight to 2 a.m., followed by Carly Thompson and Brad Weaver from 2-3 a.m. From then until 5 a.m., old fashioned games will be held. Competitions include tug of war, three legged race, sack race, a scavenger hunt and a hula hoop contest. A 30 minute Fight Back ceremony follows, with team recognition awards set to be given out at 5:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies will begin at 6:30 a.m. Theme laps will be announced throughout the night. They will include a crazy hat lap, backwards lap, pajama lap, reverse direction lap and crazy walk lap.

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