Relay for Life steps into action Sunday The DakotaDome Relay for Life is set to begin.
Doors open for the American Cancer Society fund raiser on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. for team registration, followed by registration at 10:30 a.m. for cancer survivors who will walk in the victory lap to open the relay. All participants should go to the southeast doors to enter.
The festivities officially get under way at 11 a.m. Local officials will open the event and a color guard from USD ROTC will walk around the track.
Cancer survivors will take to the track for a victory lap, wearing "I'm a winner" t-shirts provided by Sioux Valley Hospital, Vermillion Campus.
Everyone will then join in the six-hour relay, which will feature over 50 teams. All have paid a $150 registration fee and pledged to keep one person on the track at all times during the six-hour event.
Participants will be stepping lively with a variety of entertainment, beginning with the Vermillion High School Pep Band at noon. Steve and Rebecca Giedosh will perform at 12:30 p.m., followed by a golden oldies band, Past Masters, at 1 p.m.
Everyone will get into the act with karaoke, courtesy of Dwight Iverson, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Grassy Knoll, a rock fusion instrumental group, winds up the entertainment.
Face painting for the kids and the young at heart will be offered from noon to 2 p.m., and a light meal courtesy of the Eagles Auxiliary will be served at noon. Snacks and beverages will be available throughout the day. Door prizes donated by local merchants will be offered every hour.
The inside of the DakotaDome track will be lined with hundreds of white paper bags, each bearing the name of a cancer survivor or someone who has died of cancer. At 3:30 p.m., the names will be read.
At 4:30 p.m., closing ceremonies begin and the event ends at 5 p.m.
Citizens can still make a luminaria contribution of $5 by stopping by the Civic Council store, Deb's Hallmark, Nook 'n Cranny, Vermillion Beauty Shop, or Vermillion Credit Union.
In addition to teams, the relay benefits from generous donations from businesses around town. The relay's corporate media sponsor is KVTK 1570 AM/KVHT 106.3 FM radio in Vermillion. The Vermillion Plain Talk/Broadcaster is the event's corporate media partner.
In addition, the Civic Council, Clay County Abstract & Title Company, the Vermillion Medical Clinic and Wells Fargo are corporate partners. Sioux Valley Hospital, Vermillion Fertilizer and Rasmussen Motors are community partners. A number of other businesses are donating products and services for the event.
The DakotaDome Relay for Life is Clay County's largest fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.