Relay for Life to have many activities

Eighteen teams are scheduled to walk in the Relay for Life in Princeton Aug. 1-2 to raise money for the American Cancer Society of Mille Lacs County.

The relay will again be at the Princeton High School athletic field track.

Relay for Life will begin Friday, Aug. 1, with registration at 5 p.m., and will end at 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. In the event of rain, it will be held inside the high school.

The opening ceremony will be at 6 p.m. and the walking around the track will follow. Walkers raise pledges, with the money going toward cancer research, cancer-victim assistance and the Hope Lodge in the Twin Cities.

Something new at this year’s Relay will be cash-prize bingo, starting at 8 p.m. and running to about 9:15 p.m. on Friday. The Relay has had bingo before, but it had only small prizes.

Children’s activities will include face painting, temporary tattoos, funky hairdos and games. Each team campsite will have its own activity sometime during the event. A number of vendors will be setup, with 10 percent of their revenue going to the Relay. There will also be a silent auction.

Participants will have plenty of free food, including a pizza party at 10:30 p.m. At nightfall, the organizers will conduct a luminary ceremony. Candles will be lit in each of the luminary bags, which will line the high school track.

People can buy a luminary bag from Spire Credit Union, from a Relay for Life walker and at the event.

Luminary bag purchasers decorate their bags to honor not just someone they know who has died from cancer, but someone who has survived it or is in remission.