It's time once again for the Rice County Relay for Life on the fairgrounds in Faribault.  The local American Cancer Society fundraiser.  I have to admit this is one of my favorite events each year.  There are many people I only see that night and would love to see many new faces.  The Honorary Co-Chair cancer survivors this year are Kay Kes and Roxie Mitchell and they will be on today's KDHL AM Minnesota program at 9:30 a.m.  The other Honorary Co-Chair is Kaitlyn Haefmeyer, a caregiver.

Kay and Roxie will share a bit of their story of survival and help us put the event into perspective.  They and all the survivors are why I participate.  They will share more of their story during the lighting of the luminaries at 8:30 tomorrow night.  If you have never attended the event I would encourage you to be there for the lighting service.  After the Honorary Co-Chair share their stories with us they lead the lighting of the luminaries around the fairgrounds.  When those luminaries are all lit I call it the biggest love fest in Rice County.

A Red Cross Blood Mobile will be on the grounds from 4 until 10 tomorrow evening and they are always in need of blood during the summer.  Survivor Reception is at 5:00 p.m.  If you have not purchased a luminary yet you can on the fairgrounds from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Allina Health will have a Cancer Education booth from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We'll have great food available once again including the famous Nerstrand Meats hot dogs.  Music will be performed by Mark Allen and Marcus Padilla.

Opening ceremony is at 6:00 p.m.  I hope to see you there for at least a portion of the evening.  After Monday's bank night this year's relay is at about 70 percent of the $100,000 goal going into tomorrow so we need a big push to reach that goal and won't be able to do it without your help.

Rice County Relay Shirt 2018. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Rice County Relay Shirt 2018. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld


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