Elizabethton Relay for Life will be held at Covered Bridge Park

John Thompson • Sep 10, 2019 at 4:51 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Annual Relay for Life has a long tradition in Elizabethton and Carter County, but it has some changes this year, including a new location.

This year, the event is going to be held at the Covered Bridge Park, starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event will run from 3-10 p.m.

The chair for this year’s event is Nan Carver. She will officially request the use of the park at Thursday’s meeting of the Elizabethton City Council and will encourage the city to “Paint the Town Purple.” Purple is the event’s dominant color.

Downtown businesses will be provided with purple ribbons to be displayed throughout their stores.

The Carter County Car Club always has its weekly cruise-in on East Elk Avenue, next to the Covered Bridge Park. In honor of the Relay, the car show will officially start a little early that week. with a 3 p.m. start time matching the Relay. Carver said the Relay has asked the participating cars be decorated with purple ribbons.

At the 3 p.m. kickoff, an Elizabethton fire truck and police cruiser will drive the length of downtown to the Covered Bridge Park.

Relay organizers also hope to light the Covered Bridge and the Veterans Monument in purple on the night of the event. A wreath provided by the American Cancer Society will also be hung on the Covered Bridge on Sept. 23 and remain on the bridge until Sept. 30.

Carver said bands will be performing on the Covered Bridge Stage, including Stemwinder and the Jerry Pierce Band. Booths will be set up by the 10 Relay for Life teams. The booths should give the park a carnival feel.

The Ceremony of Hope will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature a Victory Lap honoring all cancer survivors. That lap will be followed by a special lap honoring all caregivers. The lap will consist of the sidewalk along the outer edge of the park, including the Covered Bridge.

The Luminary Ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Downtown roads will be closed for the event, including South Riverside Drive from Hattie Avenue to East Elk from 1:30-8 p.m. for the parking of food trucks. East Elk downtown will be closed at 2:30 p.m. for the early start of this week’s cruise-in.

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