Relay dodges major rain

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Participants of the annual Mercer County Relay for Life take part in the opening ceremony by saluting the flag while Lauren Reid sings the Star Spangled Banner.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life (Mercer County) Event Chairs Greg and Jeanie Larson tried for an earlier date this year, and a Saturday to boot, to change up the annual Relay for Life celebration, in hopes of having nice weather. While there weren't drenching rainstorms, like the past two years, the sky was gray and there were a few sprinkles.

This year's Mercer County Relay had 10 relay teams that raised money in Mercer County with a goal of reaching beyond last year's $47,000. All the money has not been gathered, so a final on the total is still to come.

Relay teams included: Aledo Messiah Lutheran Church, Aledo United Methodist Church, Curves of Aledo, Fans in the Stands, Mercer County Health Department, MIDWEST HOOTS, New Windsor Presbyterian Church, Salon on 2nd -- Cutting out cancer in style, Swedona Lutheran Church and Team Long.

Overnight fund-raising went on at several campsites, like Messiah Lutheran -- with popcorn and root beer floats, mini pies from Swedona Lutheran, Large cookies, cinnamon rolls and baked goods from New Windsor Presbyterian, butterfly pork chop sandwiches. Curves held a raffle for an Isabel Bloom statue.