Potential severe weather Friday resulted in a decision Wednesday to postpone the 20th Annual Bulloch County Relay for Life.
Event chairman Mandy Wooley Edwards said the prediction of 50 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms prompted the decision. A new date, sometime in May, is expected to be announced today. The event is held at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds on Georgia Highway 67.
“We’re postponing out of safety concerns for everyone,” she said.
The sound system and stage that were to be used would not have shelter, and dozens of campsites for individual teams would also be vulnerable to inclement weather.
The annual event promotes awareness of cancer and raises funds to help find a cure for the disease. This year is the 20th anniversary for the worldwide event, as well as the 20th anniversary for the Bulloch County Relay for Life event, she said.
The event draws about 3,000 to 4,000 people who walk laps, man campsites that include fundraising opportunities such as food sales and games, or just visit to celebrate surviving cancer or honor someone else who has passed away from the disease.
Survivors always make the first lap around the track, which has been held at the Kiwanis fairgrounds for the past several years. The event outgrew its previous location, the track at Bulloch Academy.
This year, for the first time, Georgia Southern University held its own Relay for Life. That took place last Friday at Erk Russell Park on campus.
This year’s theme for the Bulloch County Relay is “Research through the Decades,” commemorating the 20th anniversary, Edwards said.
There will be a team captain's meeting Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at Statesboro First Baptist Church, she said.
As soon as the new date is set, it will be announced on the Bulloch County Relay for Life Facebook page.
The National Weather Service predicts a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Friday; with showers and thunderstorms expected after 8 p.m. and the chance of precipitation increasing to 80 percent. Showers are expected to continue until 2 p.m. Saturday.
Holli Deal may be reached at (912) 489-9414.