What more can I say? We really, really, need you to come on down for the chicken barbecue, food, fun and amazing ceremonies!! See you there!
Families looking for fun and entertainment this weekend need look no further than the Emmet Belknap Middle School track. The eighth local American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life offers something for everyone, and the whole community is invited. The carnival theme celebrates “The Year of the Child” and there’ll be clowns, jugglers and plenty of fun. Anyone may register the day of the Relay for $10 to get a tee shirt, but registration is not necessary. Admission to the Relay and entertainment is free and everyone is welcome. There is bleacher seating, or bring your lawn chairs for the festivities.
Registered teams will be setting up tent sites early in the morning and scheduled entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with a free bounce house, petting zoo, balloons, face painting and children’s crafts. Children’s games with prizes can be played with tickets purchased at $5 for 16 and pony rides can be enjoyed at nominal charge. A special children’s area will be set up on the football field.
A Memory Basket and Chinese auction will run through the day, as well as many side raffles by teams. Lap tracker necklaces will be available for purchase and a bead added for each lap made, with special mile marker beads.
On stage at 2 p.m. are the Red House Guitar Kids. They will be followed at 3 p.m. by the Newfane Choral Group and at 3:30, vocals by Danielle Kremzien and Friends. At 4 p.m. the Ridgewood Bible Mimes bring back their entertaining show, followed by trackside juggling demos by The Gravity Pirates, returning to Lockport after a stellar performance at the Exchange Club Circus in February. Pirates Jeff Pollock, Greg Pollock, Tim Lovering and Kyle Fultz will be on site for juggling feats during the evening as well.
Official Opening Ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. with a welcome by Mayor Michael Tucker and others, and the National Anthem will be sung by Kathy and Brian Dick and sons Evan, Spencer and Austin. Kathy is a member of the Lake Plains Players and young Spencer is a previous RFL Honorary Survivor. A special balloon release kicks off the Survivor’s Lap, when five honorary child survivors with circus clown escorts lead over 150 survivors in the first lap around the track. They will be followed by the Caregiver Lap and Parade of Teams, with a special performance by the Lockport Community Band.
The CRS Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. and performs until the Luminaria Ceremony at 10 p.m. when hundreds of candle-lit Luminaria bags are placed along the track edge to light the way for walkers who will do laps all night, in solidarity with those who battle cancer around the clock. Relay attendees are asked to bring a candle to carry in the Luminaria Lap, which is led by bagpiper John Smith. Candles will also be sold at the food building and Luminaria bags will be available on site. The First Baptist Church of Lockport will perform during the ceremony. At midnight, a Fight Back ceremony invites attendees to take an active stand against cancer.
Registered walkers and teams will have wristbands allowing them to stay past 1 a.m. to enjoy Karaoke, special themed laps and fun to share through the night until closing ceremonies at 6 a.m. At midnight, a Fight Back ceremony invites attendees to take an active stand against cancer.
Registered walkers and teams will have wristbands allowing them to stay past 1 a.m. to enjoy Karaoke, special themed laps and fun to share through the night until closing ceremonies at 6 a.m. LCTV20 will be providing a live, 12 hour feed of the relay for home viewers.
A Barker Lions chicken barbecue served at 4 p.m. offers a half chicken, potato salad, applesauce, roll and butter and Cosmic Brownie for $7. Food and beverages will be available throughout the Relay, including hot dogs, Molinaro’s pizza, walk-away tacos, nachos and cheese, cotton candy, fried dough, sno-cones, hot popcorn and candy. At 8 p.m. a chef from Danny Sheehan’s Steak House will be cooking steak sandwiches. All proceeds from food and activities benefit the American Cancer Society. This year’s Relay hopes to push the eight year total over one million dollars.