|The hourly forecast calls for potentially cloudy skies, but little or no rain this afternoon and evening as participants in the Langlade County Relay for Life flock to Antigo High School’s Listle Field for the overnight fund-raiser.|
Work for the overnight event, which concludes with a 7 a.m. closing ceremony Saturday, was already underway just after 8 a.m. this morning, with volunteers erecting huge tents for concessions and prizes, lights being strung, and members of Boy Scouts Troop 644 setting up their pup tents.
The area around Listle Field is being turned into a makeshift campground, with pull-held campers, pop-up units and large motorhomes all taking positions around the track. With a goal of $58,000, Relay is the county’s largest single-day fund-raiser, with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.
At Antigo Journal press time, the field was already filling up as teams arrived for registration and to turn in their pledges. A blood drive was continuing until 8 p.m. Ron Lenaker and Jim Schofield of Slidin’ on Ice will begin playing at 5 p.m. as the silent auction and luminaria sales continue.
The opening ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. with a welcome by event chairman Jolene Guenthner, the national anthem and a color guard featuring members of Troop 644.
Honorary survivor Arlette Puls will clip the ribbon and lead the survivors lap.
Activities will continue through the evening with music by Curt Parsons, the BC Band with Charlie Kirsch and Brian Hayes, Mel Franzen and Stone Soup Brothers, and Charlie Bretl with the L.A. ThrillBillies. The deejay “SemperFi” will take the overnight shift.
A poignant highlight, the luminaria ceremony, will be held at 10 p.m. Gary Hartl will read the names.
Other activities throughout the evening include free swimming at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center, Zumba, a “Sassy Santa,” and, late night, a costume contest featuring “TuTus for TaTas.”
Breakfast will be served at 6:15 a.m. with the closing ceremony at 7 a.m., when awards and team totals will be announced.
Theme of this year’s Relay is “Christmas in June: Giving the Gift of Life.”
There will be a Christmas tree decorating contest among the teams and a tree lighting as part of the luminaria ceremony.
Shown with some of the Relay for Life raffle items, and the survivors cake, and volunteers, from left, Nichole and Olivia Jazdzewski, Paula Royce with Brinley on her lap, chairman Jolene Guenthner, Natiley Schultz and Sharon Suchon. Riley Guenthner is in front.