The Family Friendly Festival will be held 3-5 p.m. May 5 at the Red Bud High School Gymnasium.
Plans are for several types of food stands, an eclectic mix of musical entertainment, raffle items, a scavenger hunt, Championship Martial Arts demonstration, yoga, a balloon release, even an area where you can get your hair cut to donate it to someone with cancer who has lost their hair.
The musical entertainment will include The "Down and Dirty" Band, Hand Picked Bluegrass Band, The Red Bud Elementary School Band and the Southern Illinois Dance Company.
Everyone involved has agreed to donate their time and talent for this worthy cause .Entrance is FREE and EVERYONE is invited!
All this fun and excitement is being planned to benefit the fight against cancer, which has affected almost all of our lives. It is the 20 year that the Randolph County Relay for Life group has been able to bring people from all over Southern Illinois together to share awareness of all of the good that the American Cancer Society provides to anyone who has cancer and their caregivers. You don't have to have cancer, you don't have to be a caregiver, you don't even have to know someone with cancer, to come and enjoy the day. There aren't any speeches, or films, or presentations to sit through -- it is a day of fun and fellowship. You don't have to come at a certain time, or stay for any length of time, but, if you want to see everything that is going on, you may want to come early, and when you're here, you may not ever want to leave.
This years' theme is "Relay Around the World" which means that each group that is involved will be representing a different country. So, in between all the entertainment, you may want to walk around the gym and check out each groups' display for their chosen country. Some of them will even have representative foods. You may even learn something about Africa, Greece, Italy, Poland, France, Israel, England, Ireland and Germany.
Included this year will be a memorial table for those who lost their fight with cancer. If you know someone who has passed away from cancer and you would like them to be remembered with a photo on this table, please contact Kim Schaefer at 618-978-3487 for more information.
Another wonderful way to honor your loved ones who have either lived through cancer and won, who are in the process of fighting cancer or who have passed away from cancer, is to purchase a luminaria bag that is decorated by hand and will have their name on it to honor what they have been through. If you are interested in honoring your loved one in this way, you can call Kim Schaefer at the above phone number.
A special memorial will be held for Dan Flowers, who taught math at Red Bud High School for many years and touched the lives of hundreds of students. Flowers passed away this fall after a long battle with cancer. If you knew him, a wonderful way to honor his memory, would be to come and bring your friends.
There will also be a special memorial for Tom Moll. Tom worked with the Randolph County Relay for Life for many years. He put in long hours trying to earn money to help those with cancer.