NAPOLEON — It takes a village to find a cure.
Relay for Life of Henry County will host its event Friday and Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Napoleon. This year’s theme is “It takes a village to find a cure.”
The fundraising goal is $200,000. According to the Relay for Life webpage, more than $139,500 has been raised so far for cancer research and awareness.
The event will open at 5 p.m. with the silent auction starting at 5:45 p.m. beside the stage. Auction items include a Mudhens ticket package, book case, Kindle, campfire ring, wine basket and much more. The silent auction will end at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.
The opening ceremony will kick off at 6:15 p.m., followed by the opening laps for survivors and caregivers. The Power of Purple and survivor reception will be at 6:30 p.m.
In the offstage area, several other fun events are planned. There will be cheerleaders, cornhole and a dunk tank available starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a fashion show under the big tent at 7 p.m. as well. Separate relay groups also will be conducting various fundraisers throughout the night.
Live entertainment will be on the stage from 6:30-8 p.m. Performers include the Happy Times Polka Band at 6:45 p.m. and Matt Richardson from 8:15-9:30 p.m. Other entertainment includes the Napoleon Jazz Choir from 8-9:30 p.m. and Sophie Imbrock from 7-8:30 p.m. at the gazebo.
For the smallest relay participants, the Little Relayers tent will open with children’s games and a bounce house at 7 p.m. Mark Glanz and his K9 partner, Andy, also will be at the tent for youth to meet.
For those who want to keep moving, there’s plenty to do in the exercise area between the merchant buildings at the north end of the fairgrounds. Taylor Schroeder will have cardio drumming from 7:45-8:15 p.m., and Jayme Shiarla will have dance fitness from 8:45-9:15 p.m. Heather Klingler will run a yoga session from 9:30-10 p.m. and then Jayme Shiarla will have Zumba from 7-9 p.m.
There will be more special laps around the track at night.
The outrageous boxers and necktie lap will be at 7:30 p.m. The family vacation lap is at 8:40 p.m. The pajama lap will be from 10-11:30 p.m. Following the pajama lap will be the luminiaria ceremony. Luminaries must be purchased before 8:15 p.m. at the event.
There will be team challenges throughout the night as well. There will be a team challenge at the Liberty Chapel area at 8 p.m. (at least three team members needed) and 9:45 p.m. (two team members needed).
The judging of the team spirit stick also will be held at the Liberty Chapel area at 9 p.m.
Winding things down on Friday night will be an ice cream social from 11:30 p.m.-midnight.
Saturday morning starts a challenge to see how many laps Relay for Life of Henry County can do. The end of all the fundraising will be at 9 a.m.
At 10 a.m., everyone is asked to gather at the stage to start the closing ceremonies and team recognition. The event will end with the first lap of the 2020 relay.
Organizers invite everyone to come out and enjoy the event and help show that it really does take a village to find a cure.