Relay for Life of Blue Earth County will be held this Friday at Sibley Park in Mankato starting at 6 p.m.

With recent upgrades at Erlandson Park, the event is undergoing a venue change from the traditional location, according to American Cancer Society Senior Community Manager Rick Jeddeloh.

“We thought Sibley Park would fit the relay really well, fit what we like to do really well, fit the size of the event that we have. So, we’ll be down there Friday night. We start with some entertainment at 5 p.m., opening ceremony is at 6 p.m. We have a band, Special Delivery. Dance Express is there with some dancers.”

The Luminaria Ceremony will follow and features an honorary survivor who will talk about their cancer journey. Former KEYC Sports Director Perry Dyke will be this year’s speaker.

“You know, he retires, having a great time and a year after retirement he finds out he has cancer. So, he’ll speak about 9:15/9:30 p.m. to our crowd and then we have a silent lap around the park,” said Jeddeloh. “I can remember walking it last year with my wife in one hand and my daughter in the other hand, walking around seeing all these luminaria bags of people that have fought cancer or are still fighting it. People who have passed away from cancer. It’s a pretty moving thing. Then we’re done about 10:30/11 p.m. on Friday night.”

To this point, organizers have raised over 70-thousand dollars of the 100-thousand dollar goal for the American Cancer Society.

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