Relay for Life is Friday, Saturday in Elma


Expect cancer survivors, their friends and family to be sporting cowboy hats and maybe even a few boots as they round the track at the Relay for Life of East Grays Harbor Friday night through Saturday afternoon.

Relay organizers Warren Stanley and Marsha Hendrick say this year’s theme for Relay is “Coralling Cancer.” The Relay happens at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds. Registration is at 5 p.m. on Friday with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by the Survivor Lap and the Caregiver Lap.

“Although registration is at 5 p.m., anyone can join in all throughout the event,” Stanley said.

A candle lighting is planned between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., according to the schedule. At 9:30 p.m., a researcher speaks to the crowd with a luminaria ceremony slated for 10 p.m.

At midnight, there will be a “Mr. Relay” contest with the crowning at 12:30 a.m., Saturday.

Live music starts at 1 a.m. with a poker lap at 1:30 a.m. There’s a three-legged race at 3 a.m., barnyard calls at 6 a.m. and a pajama’s lap at 7 a.m. Participants will use a stick horse to take a friendly “gallop” at 10 a.m. and the Grays Harbor Mounted Posse will join the fun at 11:30 a.m. with a mock “shoot out,” fitting the western theme, according to Stanley.

Music by McCleary’s own Brittany Kingery — who has a new CD out — will be at 2 p.m. Final lap is set for 4 p.m. with the closing ceremonies soon after. Everybody should be packed up and headed home by 6 p.m.

Stanley said the Relay’s course works its way mainly through the fairground’s camping area with tents set up all around it.