Relay For Life at the fairgrounds Friday night
FARMINGTON - The annual Relay For Life returned to the Farmington Fairgrounds Friday evening, beginning with a ceremonial first lap taken by cancer survivors and the caregivers of cancer patients.
The Franklin County Relay For Life is an annual event, previously held at Mt. Blue High School and, last year, at the Spruce Mountain High School South Campus' track in Jay. This year, the "Race for a Cure" overnight event was scheduled for the Farmington Fairgrounds. The Relay For Life was last held at the fairgrounds in 1998.
Beginning with the ceremonial first lap at 6 p.m., the Relay continues until 6 a.m. the next morning. The experiences of the participants, sun set, exhausting hours of waiting and, finally, the sun rising, are meant to symbolize the experiences of cancer patients. Participants, organized into teams, raise donations and then set up camps and wait out the night.
This year's Relay For Life was dedicated to Tracy L. Williams of Jay, who passed away in September 2011 after a battle with cancer.
This year, 276 participants organized into 28 teams, representing businesses, schools and community organizations, were at the fairgrounds. The Franklin County event typically raises roughly $50,000 a year. The funds go toward both cancer research and supporting those with cancer.