For the second year in a row, the Relay For Life of Ardmore has undergone some changes that are expected to enhance the event.
This year, the event will take place Saturday evening at Noble Stadium. But for the second year in a row, the relay will occur during the evening, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight. Last year was the first time for the format, and organizers enjoyed one of the bigger relays in Ardmore. This year, another high turnout is expected.
“We wanted to make it easier on the teams,” says relay chairman Kelly Murphy Fryer. “Most of our teams are businesses, and [moving it to Saturday] took a lot of stress off the team captains.”
The move has paid off, as 26 teams will participate, up from 15 last year.
Fryer says moving the relay to six hours rather than the overnight schedule lasting 12 hours has helped with the increase.
“There are teams of different sizes, but every team matters and every penny matters,” she says.
Other changes are evident in the schedule. During the luminaria ceremony, those in attendance will be lined around the track, lighting the bags at different intervals.
There will be line dances and a scavenger hunt to keep participants engaged in the event. There will also be a fun-filled event called alligator wrestling.
“Alligator wrestling is when you get an inflatable toy covered in Vaseline,” Fryer said. “Whoever can pick it up, will win.”
The event will also feature performances from John Pemberton and InHim. InHim will perform prior to and after the luminaria ceremony.
There will also be an increase in the number of tents set up for the relay. Fryer said this year, the relay has been opened to direct sales vendors for a donation. Proceeds will also be donated to the relay.
“We are going to have Plexus, Zeal, Herbalife and Thrive, all the stuff you see on the Internet,” Fryer said. “Why not make this a community event where we not only get more people, but raise awareness.”
Schedule for the Relay For Life of Ardmore
6 p.m. — Opening ceremony
Welcome — Terry Tolbert
Opening prayer — Brian Houchin
National Anthem — John Pemberton
6:10 p.m. — Introduction of committee, Kelly Fryer
6:15 p.m. — Recognition of sponsors, Terry Tolbert
6:20 p.m. — What, How and Why We Relay, Kelly Fryer
Finish the fight, Andi Marie
6:30 p.m. — Introduction of survivors and survivor lap
6:45 p.m. — Introduction of teams and team lap
7 p.m. — Special performance, John Pemberton
7:30 p.m. — Line dance, cupid shuffle
7:45 p.m. — Jump rope relay lap
8 p.m. — Dude looks like a hot babe contest, Bubba
8:30 p.m. — Scavenger hunt
8:45 p.m. — Line dance, chicken dance, YMCA, hokey pokey
9:30 p.m. — Special performance, InHim
Silent auction and luminaria sales end
10 p.m. — Luminaria ceremony
10:15 p.m. — InHim
10:30 p.m. — Line dance, Cha Cha slide, wobble
11 p.m. — Alligator wrestling
11:30 p.m. — Line dance, Cotton Eye Joe, Macarena
Midnight — Closing ceremony