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Relay for Life is Saturday

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The annual event to raise money locally for the fight against cancer is held this weekend in Vandalia.

The Fayette County Relay for Life on Mark Greer Field at Vandalia Community High School gets under way when the gates open at 4:30 p.m., 5 hours after a new part of the event begins.

A softball challenge has been added to this years Relay for Life, with several teams squaring off in contests at Ruemmelin Park on Locust Street.

The Vandalia Fire Department and Vandalia Police Department are scheduled to play a doubleheader, with the first game set for 11 a.m.

Teams from First National Bank and Peoples National Bank will play at 2 p.m., and a First National Bank team will meet a team of WKRV Radio personnel at 3:30 p.m.

There is no admission to the softball challenge, but donations will be sought during each game, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life.

The actual Relay for Life begins at 4:30 p.m. with a performance by the Layne Mayfield Band. The opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. include a welcome delivered by Mayor Rick Gottman, a prayer led by Pete LeDuc, the presentation of colors by local Boy Scouts, the national anthem sung by Pete Sutherland and a poem read by Kayla Black.

The survivors lap is at 6:30 p.m., with Ed Taylor singing the song, Walk On, that he wrote for the Relay for Life.

Dave Rickman will deliver a caregiver thank you at 6:40 p.m., and he will lead the official relay start at 6:45 p.m.

Locks of Love haircuts are tentatively set for 7 p.m., and a live auction will be held from 7:15-9 p.m. The luminaria ceremony to honor those fighting cancer and to remember cancer victims is again set for 9 p.m.

Also on the schedule Fight Back ceremony led by Dr. Dy at 10 p.m., a bubble gum-blowing contest at 12:30 a.m. and a scavenger hunt at 1 a.m.

This years relay is scheduled to conclude with closing ceremonies at 5 a.m. on Sunday.