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Randolph Relay for Life may change venue

ELKINS — The 25th anniversary celebration of the Randolph County Relay for Life may take place in a new venue for the event.

Judy Schoonover Ritchie recently gathered members of the community and past Relay for Life participants to discuss plans for the upcoming 25th anniversary event.

Ritchie mentioned the idea of moving the event to the Phil Gainer Community Center for cost efficiency and, more importantly, to have air conditioning for the celebration. The crowd had a positive response to the idea.

“They have two big TV’s that we can show old pictures on,” Ritchie said while listing some of the center’s amenities. “I don’t know of anything you would want that’s not there.”

The luminaria ceremony would not be affected by the location change. While a final plan hasn’t been set, organizers will discuss the pros and cons of using glowsticks as opposed to placing the luminaria outside.

To prepare for the annual relay, a fall/winter fundraising event is traditionally offered.

“I’d like to have a Christmas concert,” Ritchie said. The concert would, ideally, have four performers of different genres performing Christmas music.

“I’d like to see someone do a country Christmas, contemporary Christmas, and maybe a gospel group,” said Ritchie. The concert would last about three hours during an afternoon, she said.

The concert date is tentatively set for Sunday, Dec. 1.

“You’re out of church, you’ve had lunch, then you can go to the concert,” Ritchie said.

Despite the fact that it would fall during Thanksgiving weekend, Ritchie believes many will be able to attend. No musical performers have been announced.