“It’s a struggle every year to get people to come out and participate, but this year it’s been even more difficult,” she said.
While she appreciates the participants who have signed up so far, Taylor said eight teams is a number that pales in comparison to the number of participants in previous years. “By this time last year, I had more than 20 teams,” she said.
The excitement of the LOC Fair may be a factor in the lack of participants. “People have their mind on the fair this time of year—that’s where they spend their money,” she explained.
The May event, held from 6 p.m. to midnight, will be packed with different activities, including a Mr. Relay competition, a dinner for cancer survivors, a luminaria ceremony and a silent auction.
“This year’s theme is ‘Give Cancer the Boot,’ so we’ll have decorated boots to auction off, as well as themed baskets,” Taylor explained, “and team members can complete paintings to be auctioned off.”
Taylor invites all community members to come to the organization’s next meeting on April 17 at the Dairy Queen in Three Rivers at 6 p.m.
“We want everyone to come out and hear about all the events and sign up,” she said.
A final meeting will be held on April 29 in George West (place and time to be announced).
Taylor also hopes to get local businesses and community members to participate in the Paint the Town Purple event.
“We want local businesses to show their support by decorating,” she said. “If a business is going to decorate, they can call and let us know, so we know to stop by for judging.”
Judging for Paint the Town Purple will take place on April 5.
T-shirt orders for teams are due March 31, and the Relay for Life event will kick off with the Survivor Walk at 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Mysti Taylor at 449-6502.