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Carter County Relay for Life to feature beach party theme

John Thompson • Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 8:57 PM

ELIZABETHTON — There is usually not a lot to smile about with cancer, except being told you are cured. But there promises to be plenty of smiles with the 2018 Relay for Life of Carter County Beach Party.

Greg and Charity Odom are the co-chairs of this year’s event, which will take place this Friday at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in the Watauga Industrial Park, just off the Stoney Creek Highway and next to the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

The relay will get started at 6 p.m. and events will be going on until midnight. The relay will continue throughout the night for those who are willing to keep going.

Everyone hopes for good weather, but after two bad storms at the previous location at the Elizabethton High School track, the event was moved to TCAT, where the relay can be held both indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather.

Greg said, “There is something for everyone, including music, games, activities, kids zone, vendors, and much more. Rain or shine, we will relay.”

There will be more vendors than ever this year, with Mason Joe’s Coffee, David’s Fancy Fudge and Lizzie’s Donuts.

Greg said the event will start with a welcome for everyone, followed by music from the Dan Britt Band. The survivor reception will also open at 6. Odom said the national anthem will be performed by Jaymie Lee Gerena. The Honor Guard from American Legion Post 49 will present the colors.

The event will even include a harpist this year, Rhodyjane Meadows.

The next event will be the Ceremony of HOPE with laps for survivors, caregivers and team laps.

At 8 p.m., there will be Beach Tunes with John Bland and the Watts Dance Studio will perform at 8:30.

It should be good and dark by 9:30, when the luminary ceremony begins. There will be three colors of luminaries this year. The white luminaries are in memory. Purple luminaries designate survivors of cancer and gold are for the all-important caregivers.

At 10, it will be time for Loose Leaves and team activities and fun will begin at 11.

The Spirit of Relay closing ceremonies will take place at 11:45.

From midnight on there will be more activities and fun for those who want to stay.

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