The Chippewa/Yellow Medicine Counties 2019 Relay for Life is celebrating its 26th year on Friday, May 17.

The Chippewa/Yellow Medicine Counties 2019 Relay for Life is celebrating its 26th year on Friday, May 17. The event is once again being held at Smith Park in Montevideo, and will begin at 5 p.m.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest and most successful fundraiser.

Since its inception in 1985, Relay for Life has raised nearly $5 billion to help fight cancer. ­­

Relay for Life events take place in over 20 countries around the globe. Each year in America, over four million people and 5,000 communities participate.

Twenty-four teams are participating in this year’s Relay for Life. The teams will have campsites at Smith Park, and team members will take turns walking or running around the path.

The opening ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. The first lap will be walked by this year’s Honorary Survivors. The 2019 Honorary Survivors include: Marvel Coil, Cindy Coil, Doug Coil, Dave Bartels, Amber Johnson, Curt Berg, and Cecil Eisenlohr.

Once the first lap is completed, they will be joined their family members, as well as all cancer survivors, for the second lap.

Upon completion of the second lap, the 24 teams will be introduced, and the Relay for Life will get underway.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the duration of the event. There are a number of new entertainers for this year, along with favorites from last year.

Split-the-pot tickets will be available to purchase from 5 p.m. through 7:50 p.m. at a table near the entertainment area. The drawing will be held at 8 p.m., and you must be present to win.

There will also be a silent auction from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Many items will be up for auction at tables near the entertainment area. The silent auction results will be announced after the split-the-pot winner is announced.

This year, anyone attending the Relay for Life is asked to wear a wristband, which will be available at the registration table.

The event is open to the public and all are welcome to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, and remember those who have been lost to cancer.

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