By Dean Manning / Staff Writer

The battle to eradicate cancer will get more ammunition from Whitley County Friday night as Williamsburg hosts its annual Relay for Life.

Scottie Lickliter, chairperson of the Whitley County Relay for Life, said the fifth annual event, will start at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Regional Mall and continue until 7 a.m. Saturday. After raising $38,000 in 2005, Lickliter said the goal is to top the $40,000 mark in 2006.

ÒAll of the money goes to the American Cancer Society,Ó Lickliter said. ÒIf it rains we have a track set up inside the mall and if it is clear, we will be walking outside.Ó

Lickliter said more than 400 people participated in the 2005 event including about 30 cancer survivors. Relay participants raise money by signing up sponsors for their team. Each team keeps at least one member walking on the track at all times throughout the event. In addition, teams may have side events such as bake sales or other food sales, Lickliter said.

ÒWe are going to be raising money all night long in all kinds of ways,Ó Lickliter said.

In addition to the relay, Lickliter said there will be other events and attractions. At 7:30 p.m., the dog contest will begin with prizes awarded for the smallest dog, largest dog and best-dressed dog. The cost to enter a dog is $10.

At 10:30 p.m. the luminary ceremony will be held. Lickliter said the luminaries are lit in memory of a cancer victim or in honor of a cancer survivor. Luminaries are $5 each and they can be purchased until the ceremony begins. Anyone who would like to purchase a luminary, but who cannot be present may contact Tina Croley at 549-5511.

At 11:30 p.m. the Wo-Man pageant will begin. Lickliter said there are currently six entries into the pageant of men dressed up as women.

Among the dignitaries attending the event will be Knox County native and Miss Kentucky Kerri Mitchell. An inflatable area will be available for the children.

Dean Manning can be reached at dmanning@thetimestribune.com.

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