Plans are underway for the 2019 Relay For Life in Brown County, which is just around the corner on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Fisher Community Center, the Walking Trail and Paul Rockey Legion ball field at Noble Park.

The Relay For Life will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Walking Trail near the Fisher Center and continue until dusk. Welcome presentations and the Survivor Walk will take place at 6 p.m. and teams are invited to walk the Walking Trail and view the luminaries, visit with survivors and vendors. Food will be available on site and luminaries will also be available until 7 p.m., with a ceremony at dusk at the Paul Rockey Legion ball field at Noble Park.

Coordinator Laurie Neemann said the Survivor Dinner will take place one week prior, at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Eternal Hope Family Life Center, 424 Oregon St. Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. If a survivor has not received their invitations yet, please contact Patty at 741-0698 before Aug. 23.

She wanted to promote the 3rd Annual Vendor/Craft Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Fisher Center. There are more than two dozen vendors for the event, including various food and craft items.

The Relay For Life committee also has several other activities going on to fund raise for the annual Relay For Life.

The committee is selling Relay for Life T-shirts for $15 through Shirt Shack of Hiawatha. Orders can be taken during the vendor fair on Sept. 7 and at the Brown County Relay for Life booth at the Hiawatha Maple Leaf Festival on Sept. 21.

In addition, two raffles are going on for the next month to bring in funds for Relay For Life. The Relay for Life Brown County Cancer Quilt was pieced and quilted by the Morrill Library Quilting Club and chances to win them are available from team members at the Vendor Fair, Survivor Dinner, Relay For Life booth at the Maple Leaf Festival and the night of the relay event until 8 p.m. for $1 a ticket, or six for $5.

Through donations from Freedom Hospice, Hiawatha Ford, Cedar Hollow Farms & Buildings, Hiawatha Implement and Ram Exterminators, the committee is raffling a 10-foot by 16-foot “She-Shed” or “He-Shed” to be delivered and set up within 75 miles of Hiawatha. Need not be present to win.

The shed will be available for viewing at Hiawatha Ford and at the Vendor Fair on Sept. 7 at the Fisher Center. Tickets are available at the Vendor Fair, Survivor Dinner, Maple Leaf Festival, the night of the Relay until 8 p.m. and at the following locations: Freedom Hospice, Ag Partners, Vintage Park, BCDS, Beaux Cheveux, Hiawatha Ford, Cedar Hollow Farm & Buildings, GNBank, Morrill & Janes Bank, Citizens State Bank and Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau for $20 a chance.

The 2019 teams are Jacobsen Farms, Christian Crusaders, Jami’s Supporters, Pro Cure, Wonder Women and Men, Team finch, Muscotah Cancer Support Mustangs, Marshmallow Forever, GNBank, MJ Bank, Freedom Hospice, BCDS Friends and Family and Ag Partners.

Contact Neemann for more information on Relay For Life, forming a team or the Vendor/Craft Fair or to be a volunteer for this year’s event by calling (785) 547-5501. Please leave a message. Or go to, find an event near you and enter zip code 66434, click on Relay for Life of Brown County, and select Join This Relay. You can also donate or purchase a luminaria from this site.

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