For 20 years the Watonwan County Relay For Life has taken place at the Watonwan County Fairgrounds and this year was no different.

The only difference between this year’s events and others in the past is the timing of the event. The Watonwan County Relay For Life which is normally held in July was held in June due to the anticipated road construction in the area beginning in July right after the fair was over.

Some of the different activities that took place during the family friendly event included a silent auction and bake sale put on by Shirley Anderson. There was also a bean bag tournament, kid games, jail and bail, entertainment by local talent “Attitude” and a performance by the Saintettes dance team which is the St. James dance team.

One of the keys to the success of the Watonwan County Relay For Life is corporate sponsors according to Tami Mickelson, the Watonwan County Relay For Life Treasurer.

“Big supporters of Relay are our corporate sponsors. We had 15 corporate sponsors this year, and all of them have been sponsors for many years.

Corporate sponsors give a minimum of $1,000, with many donating more, along with in-kind services. Our schools are involved every year from Northside Elementary to the High School. Our schools, Coaches vs Cancer (basket- ball) and Take Down Cancer (wrestling) raised almost $8,000 this year! Other funds come from our generous businesses and individuals in Watonwan County who donate, purchase luminaries, support our Kickoff Pancake Breakfast, and come to the fairgrounds the night of Relay. We have a free-will donation dinner headed up by Terry Engel, Augustana Lutheran Church Ministries, and the Watonwan County Pork Producers.”