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Grand opportunity for fun

One of last year’s biggest draws of the Relay For Life campaign has returned to highlight 2009 drive to stamp out cancer.

The “Grand Ole Opry” will be in the high school auditorium Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. as local talents grace the stage. Admission will be a $5 donation toward Relay For Life.

Advance tickets are available at Walls Diner and The Cotton Patch. Tickets also will be also for purchase at the door the night of the event.

Last year’s show was well attended even though the conditions outside had heavy rains and lighting.

“We had a lot of requests to do this again,” said Dale Reddick, a member of the Relay special events committee. “It was a fun evening despite the weather.”

Local vocalists will portray the music stars “Patsy Cline,” “Loretta Lynn,” “Reba McEntire,” “Elvis,” “Sara Evans,” “Taylor Swift,” “Carrie Underwood,” “Shania Twain,” “Jeannie Pruett,” “Patty Loveless,” “Sugarland,” “Luke Bryan,” “GarthBrooks,” “Martina McBride,” “Gretchen Wilson,” “Josh Tuner,” and “Ernest Tubb.”

The stage also will have guest appearances by “Dolly Parton” and “Junior Samples.” Additionally, the audience will be entertained with some bluegrass music, clogging, and square dancing.

“This is a great way to show off our local talent,” Reddick said. “You don’t have to travel to Nashville to see the Opry’s ‘finest.’”

Scheduled to perform will be Lee Baker, Victoria Bohannon, Vicki Bragg, Toby Davis, Shelly Dent, Dana Doss, Rubin Everidge, Patsy Finch, Daniel Hall, Jessica Hall, Hays Jones, Paige Lariscy Knight, Bill & Peggy Lanford, Rev. Gary Leutzinger, Tammie Lewis, Amanda Long, Sandy Martin, Pam Mills, Lawanda Mock, Connie Pitts, Allison Scott, Karen Smith, Sunshine Squares & Friends, Glen Walden, Jody Woods & Friends, and Jordan Zeigler.

Baker is a former member of the Continental Cowboys Band and Everidge will sing his own songs.

Everidge is a member of the New York State Country Music Hall Of Fame and the Georgia Country Music Hall Of Fame in Atlanta. Some of his recordings include “All The Good Ones Weren’t Taken,” “Tribute To Kitty Wells,” “Would You Be Here Now,” “More Haggard Than Merle,” “Johnny Walker Walk,” and “Even The Jukebox Cried.”

Jodi Shaner will be the emcee for the evening, while Bob Good will do “radio commercials” for this year’s Relay sponsors in between the singing performances.

This year’s Relay theme is “PEACE + HOPE + LOVE = RELAY. Teams are able to choose 1960s songs to decorate their campsites at Cail Field May 1. This year the teams also must create Relay slogans using their team songs and perform the song at the event in four months.

To sign up a team, contact Kathryn Youles at 912-978-1349; Dale Reddick at 912-682-1168; or this year’s chairperson, Willene Dickey at 912-564-2223.

Relay will sponsor a poster contest with the county’s schools through the end of the month. The posters will be judged and displayed at various Relay events leading up to the big night.

A Clay Shoot is planned for March 7 at the Savannah River Preserve near Newington.

Some of the prize items available at the clay shoot are a 12-gauge shotgun and cases of shells. Food is expected to be sold at the event.

A Poker Run is scheduled for April 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. It will be at Walls Diner, who also plans to hold its Sunday lunch to raise money, although that event has not been set yet.

The “Survivors Dinner” is tentatively set for April 14 at the CailCenter.

The Relay For Life Pageant is planned for April 25. Tammie Lewis will serve as the organizer this year.

Team Captain meetings will be the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Those dates are Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13.

All the committee meetings will be the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Walls Diner until the May event.

The Poker Run with be April 5 and the Relay pageant will be April 25.

“Bank Night” will be April 27 at 5 p.m. at the Sylvania branch of the Bank of Newington. That also will be the evening to pick up Relay T-shirts for team members.

Additional events like a golf tournament have been discussed, but have yet to be officially scheduled.

During the 12 hours on May 1 and 2, the team contests will include dance, limbo and hula hoop.

The Lanfords -- Bill and Peggy -- ask that luminary requests to honor or memorialize people with cancer be turned in before 7 p.m. the night of Relay. Teams can turn in their forms now for the lit candles in bags that will line the walkway at Relay.