Even though this year’s kickoff has experienced a slight delay, the annual event, which seeks to raise money to fight cancer, is still on. Relay is set for Friday, May 11 at Tom Johnson Camping World, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and ending at 7 a.m. Saturday. This year’s theme: Rockin’ for a Cure, which can mean music or chairs.

“We are running a little behind, but, if there’s anybody who can catch up and still do it right, it’s McDowell County’s Relay team,” said Kendall Waugh, who, along with Chris Painter, will lead 2018’s event. “We want to encourage teams to register and get prepared to come and rock with us.”

As usual, Relay teams will have food, drinks and other goodies for sale, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The goal is to keep someone from each team on the track walking throughout the event.

Once again, there will be a basket raffle and hours upon hours of entertainment, including school talent show winners, singing, dancing and bands.

Interested teams are advised to go ahead and register at relayforlife.org/mcdowell. Meetings for team captains are planned for Tuesdays, March 6, April 3 and April 24 at 6 p.m. at Clinchfield Baptist Church. The annual survivor dinner will be held on Saturday, April 28 at Clinchfield Baptist.

Luminaries are now available for purchase, with a buy-one-get-one-free offer through March. Call Tonya Waycaster at 460-4485. Sponsorships, starting at a minimum level $100, are also available. Call Carla Patrick at 442-8861.

For questions about the survivor dinner or to register, call Grace Thomas at 442-9860; for entertainment scheduling, call Lydia Penland at 460-0835; or for any other information concerning 2018’s Relay, call Kendall Waugh at 442-9841 or Chris Painter at 442-5108.