Music & Laughter

Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of participants during the Barbour County Relay For Life.

PHILIPPI — The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Barbour County Relay For Life event or its survivors on Aug. 2. The fairgrounds in Belington were alive with music and laughter. Attendance was down, but the party went on.

Team honors for the night included: Freedom Bank won Midnight Snack with their Mexican Feast; Best Decorated Camp Site went to Circle of Hope. who represented England; the Purple Lap went to Team Bethesda and Circle of Hope; the Freedom Lap went to Circle of Hope; and the Duct Tape Contest winner was Freedom Bank.

The event focused on survivors and remembering. Several took their first survivor lap and there was even a survivor who was diagnosed the day before the event.

The luminaria service was spectacular. Caregiver Sherman Wilkinson, sang during the luminaria lap.

The night ended at 2 a.m. with the traditional playing of “Country Roads” by John Denver.

Barbour County Relay For Life attendees gather for a group photo during the event Aug. 2.

We would like to thank everyone who participated, and donated. A special thank-you goes to the Barbour County Relay For Life teams. Thank you, Nick Allen and Howard Swick.

We are already getting ready for next year. We have Purchase for a Purpose Tickets, which is an event at the Meadowbrook Mall, and we are sponsoring the crafters and vendors at the Belington Fall Fest in September.

Next year’s event will be Aug. 3 at the Barbour County Fairgrounds. If you would like to form a team or need any information, call 304-669-6833.

Submitted photos Attendance was down for the Barbour County Relay For Life on a rainy day Aug. 2, but the celebration continued.