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East Otter Tail Relay for Life is Friday Chairperson: "It's been a great week... Now, we're ready to Relay!"

The 2012 East Otter Tail Relay for Life will take place this Friday, July 13.

All is in place for the public, with entertainment and activities to begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction, scavenger hunt, classic car rides, haircuts, massages, games and more until 9 p.m.

"We invite everyone to join in this special night at the Perham Track," said Lisa Peterson, event chairperson. "There's lots of activities, food and ceremonies. The theme for all relays is 'Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back.'"

The 7 p.m. opening ceremony will 'celebrate' those who have conquered cancer, and will feature the survivor's lap. More than 100 doves, each one dedicated to a person who has had cancer, will be released at the end of this lap.

At 9:15 p.m., the relay will 'remember' all those who have had cancer with a luminary lighting ceremony. Participants will also hear the inspiring cancer stories of Romelle Nelson and Marky Van de Streeke, the local event's honorary co-chairs.

At 11 p.m. there will be a short 'fight back' ceremony, designed to inspire people to participate in the fight against cancer all year long.

From midnight until 5 a.m., 'middle of the night' activities and drawings will be held. A closing ceremony will take place at 6 a.m., with coffee and donuts.

The night will be full, festive and meaningful. Activities will continue for more than 12 hours, lasting all night long and well-past dawn.

The Perham Lions will again run the main food concession stand.

The relay will conclude a weeklong schedule of local Relay for Life events.

"This has been a great week," concluded Peterson. "With the help of the Perham Chamber and local merchants, we've 'painted the town purple' - the color signifying cancer survivorship. Teams have sold luminaries and held fundraisers. We have had another successful Survivor's Dinner, and we've had the fun of the potluck at Bank Night. Now, we're ready to Relay!"