More 'new' is part of this year's Relay for Life
Another community is joining the Relay for Life party in 2019, and with it comes a new venue.
A year ago, Canby and Molalla joined forces for the first-ever Relay for Life of South Clackamas County. This year, those two communities will be joined by Woodburn, creating the Relay for Life of South Clackamas County and Woodburn.
And with a new community joining the battle against cancer comes a new venue located in the middle of these three towns – the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.
This year's Relay will play out on Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Wooden Shoe Tulips, Winery and Red Barn Hemp are sponsoring this year's event and according to Sharon Braden, long-time Relay organizer, they've been "amazingly supportive and things couldn't be working out any better for all involved."
Braden said that the three communities working together has proven very successful.
"It's really been good. What we are ending up with are the people who really still want to be involved and keep it going," said Braden. "We've all had successful Relays, so everyone is motivated for this event."
Braden couldn't stop singing the praises of Wooden Shoe, saying they are "pretty much giving us the world – tents, tables, chairs, anything we want to do on their property."
There are some subtle changes afoot, however, that will mark this as different.
While the event is pure Relay for Life of South Clackamas County, this year's Relay will have a bit of a festival atmosphere. In fact, the theme is "Festival for a Cure." And within that, there will be some added events, including a 5K and 10K trail run around the property, a corn hole tournament, as well as beer and wine on hand. There will be a stage for live music, as well as tents for other activities and the team camp areas.
"Our goal this year is $110,000," said Braden, who noted that last year's event brought in about $60,000. She noted there may be some other surprise events/activities popping up during the Relay.
The trail run, which encompasses the tulip fields, filbert orchard and vineyard, will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude before the Relay officially kicks off at 11 a.m. To register, go to crowdwise.com.
The Relay will certainly include much of what yearly participants have come to expect, including the Luminaria just after sunset.
Currently, the Relay for Life of South Clackamas County has about $28,000 toward its $110,000 goal, with 25 teams locked in. The goal is to get to 30 – or more by Relay day.
For more information, check the Facebook page at Relay for Life of South Clackamas County. To register a team, individual or to make a donation, go to relayforlife.org/canbyOR.
For more information about this year's event, call Sharon Braden at 503-348-4943.