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Relay for Life festivities are Saturday
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A day-long event geared to celebrate cancer survivorship will be held Saturday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

"Our theme this year is Hunting for a Cure," said Dawson County Relay for Life Chairwoman Nicole Stewart.

She said expect to find volunteers decked out in their finest camouflage for the event.

As of Monday, 26 teams, made up of 243 volunteers, had raised more than $33,000 to support cancer research, patient programs, services and education efforts.

"Our goal is $50,000 this year, and it's looking like we going to be able to exceed that amount," Stewart said.

The American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser, Relay for Life will be held from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. The event will not continue overnight.

Stewart invites the community to come and a support the cause.

"Everyone has been affected by cancer. We all know someone who has battled or overcome the disease, or we know someone that couldn't win their fight," she said. "The money we raise here in Dawson County will help fund the goal of finding a cure."

Teams have activities planned for all ages, including a dunk tank, face painting, snow cones, crazy hair and cake walks.

A variety of tasty dishes from Walking Tacos and chili, to steak sandwiches and dessert treats will also be available to purchase.

Activities planned also include a ceremony that celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer and the annual survivors lap at 7 p.m. to celebrate their personal victories against the disease.

There will also be live entertainment by a number of local performers, as well as a lip-sync contest.

For more information, call (770) 297-1220 or visit