Relay’s got talent this year

Published 8:59 pm Saturday, May 10, 2014

Entertainment at this year’s Suffolk Relay For Life, set for next week, will include old favorites as well as a couple of new ventures, chair Heather Howell said.

“We are just looking for different ways to be creative with our entertainment,” Howell said, hoping to keep people throughout the entire overnight event. “We are trying to keep people past luminaria, because they tend to leave right after that.”

Participants are being sought for two new events this year — a “Relay’s Got Talent” show and a Miss Relay contest — which, despite the name, will feature men dressed in women’s clothes politicking for donations around the track.

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Both ideas are borrowed from the Chesapeake Relay For Life, Howell said. Several more men are needed for the Miss Relay contest, with at least one or two more spots available for the talent show.

So far, nine musicians and singers are registered for the talent show, which is set from 10 to 11 p.m., Howell said. Goodie bags will be given to all participants, and guest judges will choose winners, who will win prizes.

Howell said registration for the talent contest will end early next week. Hopefuls can call her at 537-3380 or email Lauren McGhee at laurenmcghee@spsk12.net.

If enough men register, the Miss Relay pageant will take place just before the talent show, Howell said. The men will strut their stuff on the stage after appealing for donations from visitors to the event.

“We have three guys confirmed,” Howell said. “We need two or three more.”

Guys can also call Howell to volunteer for the Miss Relay contest.

Relay For Life will be held May 16 at 6 p.m. to May 17 at 6 a.m. at Bennett’s Creek Park, 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road. So far, 65 teams and 670 participants have raised a total of $103,522 toward the goal of $257,000.

For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/suffolkva.