Relay for life schedule: Austin to fight cancer Saturday

Published 3:59 am Thursday, July 25, 2013

Suvivors walk past a luminary while taking the Survivor's Lap Saturday night  during the Relay for LIfe at Bandshell Park. - Herald file photo

Suvivors walk past a luminary while taking the Survivor’s Lap at a previous Relay for LIfe at Bandshell Park. – Herald file photo

Area residents will gather at Bandshell Park Saturday for the Mower County Relay for Life. Activities and entertainment start at 3 p.m., followed by an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. New this year is a car show, which begins at noon and runs through 3 p.m. Registration is $10 per car and starts at 10:30 a.m.

Dick Buechner, who survived a rare form of leukemia he was diagnosed with in 2011, is one of this year’s Relay ambassadors, along with his great-grandson Graham Kunert. At six months old, Graham was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancerous tumor found in the eye. Buechner will speak at the opening ceremony, then he and Graham — who’s now 11 months old — will lead the survivor’s lap.

A survivor dinner was held July 12. For more information, visit During Relay, Ninth Place Southwest will be closed to traffic.

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Relay for Life 2013 schedule
3-8 p.m. — Silent Auction in Veterans Pavilion. (Pick up and pay for your items before 9 p.m.)
3-6 p.m. — Kids Games. Purchase tickets for games at the information table. Games may also run after the Opening Ceremony.
3-6 p.m. — Skinners Hill Water Slide. Purchase wristbands at the slide. May also run after Opening Ceremony. Parent/Guardian signature required.
6 p.m. — Opening Ceremony. Masters of Ceremony are Chris Kuball ABC6 News, KAAL TV. Opening Prayer. Color Guard Presentation, Pledge to Flag: Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, National Anthem, welcome by Honorary Chairpersons Dick Buechner and Graham Kunert. Survivor Lap and Balloon Release. Recognition: Linda Baier, event chair. Team Recognition/Lap: Cheryl Retterath, team mentor.

Main Stage:
3 p.m. — Car Show Awards.
3:30 p.m. — Opening Remarks
4 p.m. — Reminisce with Susan Hayes, keyboard; Theresa Iverson, electric bass; Steve Krob, clarinet and saxophone with special guests Suzanne Rymer & Sarah Lysne.
5 p.m. — TBA
6 p.m. — Opening Ceremony
7 p.m. —  Oakland Drive (Oldies and top 10 favorites)
8 p.m. — Luminaria Ceremony

Dunk Tank:
Mayor Tom Stiehm
Kenny King from ABC6 News
Paul Worlein from Worlein Funeral Home