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