The annual South Logan County Relay for Life will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday in downtown Booneville.
This year’s Relay is smaller than any of the previous events as only seven teams are participating in the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
With the decline in teams — there were 10 last year and there have been 12 in recent years — fundraising expectations have also declined, according to event co-chairperson Susan Featherston.
Last year the event raised more than $53,000.
Featherston attributes the declining participation to a move by ACS to eliminate district managers and place the events under the purview of a representative in Alabama.
“We do everything on email or by phone,” said Featherston. “When they did that they took Franklin County, Logan, Yell Sebastian and put us all together and then run around trying to take care of everything in Alabama.”
In addition to the number of teams being down, the number of survivors who attended the annual survivor’s meal on April 21 was also lower as only 20 took part.
This year’s honorary survivor is Clay Crowley, who was diagnosed with lymphoma just last year. Crowley will lead the survivor’s lap Friday night.
The event will be held in the downtown for the third straight year but may move back to Veteran’s Park.
“It’s getting (so small) why block the street off,” said Featherston.
Broadway, from Main to Second Street will be blocked off at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Teams this year are representing First Western Bank, Rockline Industries, Angels, First United Methodist Church of Booneville, True Blue/Community National Bank, Oak Manor and Magazine “Nothing” Beta.
The evening will include the normal food, drink and game offerings by the teams, as well as performances by the Support Stocking Review, the Cheer Cats, a live auction, the luminary service, and entertainment by Kris Vargas throughout the night.
A closing ceremony will end the event.