A lousy couple of days of weather and a forecast for more unseasonably cold temperatures coupled with better than average changes of rain meant the 2013 South Logan County Relay for Life needed to go to Plan B.
Fittingly, at least in name, the South Logan County Fairgrounds, and specifically the W.C. Littlefield Building, was available.
"The location was the best option we had this year," said Relay committee chairperson Dana Green. "We are thankful for the facility so we didn’t have to postpone or cut our event short due to crazy weather."
Following Bearcat Stadium, Marcelle Phillips City Park, Veteran’s Park and the Booneville Junior High parking lot, the fairgrounds building became the fifth different location to host the Relay in its 13-year history.
The cramped quarters was not a deterrent. Going into the last week of the Relay teams involved had banked $28,000 of the $40,000 goal set for the 2013 event. At the end of the 12-hour Relay that ended at 6 a.m. Saturday, the amount was up to just under $37,000.
"From what teams turned in money wise, and the fact that most all sold out before midnight I believe the weather didn’t hinder the event," said Green "I thought we had a great turn out from the community and I hope they all enjoyed the event in spite of the cramped quarters. I appreciate the support the community gives during Relay."
Because the actual deadline for the goal isn’t until August it is expected the 2013 Relay will exceed its goal.
The 12 teams who participated in the event that began at 6 p.m. Friday night with a survivor’s lap around a makeshift track created by the luminaria bags, a Relay staple, lined both walls in both portions of the building.
"We had room for all of the teams and I was nicely surprised by that," said Green.
The theme this year was cartoon characters so those teams were highlighted by Scooby Doo, Quick Draw McGraw, Phineas and Ferb, Porky Pig and more.
The Porky Pig team, Rockline, took home two of the team awards, one for the best food — the obvious, pulled pork — and for the best survivor recognition. The Reading Rattlers won the other award, for best team campsite.