The public is invited to “Pack the Track” at the annual Jackson County Relay for Life from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.
The committee is hoping to fill the parking lot in front of Pearson Hall with luminary bags, butterflies and signs to celebrate survivors and remember those who have been lost to cancer.
The opening ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. with Carolyn Schaefer singing the national anthem. Attendees will line the outside of the track and clap as survivors take the first lap and caregivers join the second lap. Campsites are welcome around the track for people to relax and enjoy the luminaries between walking laps and activities.
The evening includes games for kids and adults and individual lap activities. Food vendors will include Happy Joe’s with pizza slices and walking tacos; Tri-M BBQ with pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches, and loaded mac and cheese; and Boar’s Nest with tenderloins and Maid Rites. People who would like to donate items for the bake sale that evening can bring items to the fairgrounds after 10 a.m. on Friday. Music during the evening will be provided by DJ Express of Maquoketa.
An online auction and silent auction are planned. The online auction runs through noon Saturday at 32auctions.com/jacoiarelay. The silent auction will be held in Pearson from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The luminary ceremony will begin at 8:45 p.m. on the track. Derek Grant, a bagpipe player from Davenport, will play during the ceremony.The final lap and closing ceremony begins at 10 p.m.
For more information or questions, call Marie Rossmann, chairman of Jackson County Relay for Life at (563) 689-6715.