The 2019 Relay for Life of Robertson County is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Springfield.
The annual event, geared to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, has a Splish, Splash Summer Bash theme planned for its festivities.
The Springfield splash pad will be open until 8 p.m. at the Relay for Life event with dunking booths and a water balloon toss game also planned, according to Jessica Hester, the 2019 Relay for Life chair.
“We are very excited to bring back this year the Womanless Beauty Pageant,” Hester said. “We challenge people to sign up and help us raise funds with the contest.”
Participants will also be allowed to purchase wigs and mustaches that resemble Albert Einstein in a challenge to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ contest with hundreds of people dressed like Albert Einstein.
“We are shooting to have 645 people looking like Einstein,” Hester said. “With a $10 donation that will go to the American Cancer Society, supporters can purchase a wig and mustache for the challenge. We’re hoping people will participate so we can see a lot of white hair.”
One of the big highlights will be the appearance again this year of the Re/Max hot air balloon. People will be able to take rides, which will go up a few feet, with the large balloon tethered to the ground.
“We’re expecting 19 teams to participate this year in the Relay for Life,” Hester said. “We have a goal of raising $60,000. The teams have been busy all year long raising their funds.”
Last year’s funds raised reached $48,000, Hester said.
Relay for Life will have all kinds of vendors and booths with crafts and baked goods for sale. There will be food trucks on hand to purchase food, drinks and snow cones.
Kids will have an area with inflatables and face painting, according to Hester.
Buzzy Poole’s band will entertain the crowd.
Luminaries will be available for purchase early in the evening and placed around the walking track.
The 2019 Splish, Splash Summer Bash Relay for Life begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m.
The opening remarks and the survivors’ tribute begins at 3 p.m.
“There will be a victory lap for the journey they have had,” Hester said. “They’ll be joined by caregivers and family members.”
A talent show is planned for 5:30 p.m.
The lights will be dimmed at 8:30 for the luminary ceremony.
After all the names of the survivors are read at the ceremony, there will be a big show of fireworks being launched at 9:30 p.m. from the hill where Grace Baptist Church is located.
For more information on the Relay for Life event, visit: Robertson County, Tennessee Relay for Life on Facebook. The web-site address is: www.relayforlife.org/Robertsontn