Relay for Life

Skains leaving Tarpons for Cecilia
April 5, 2016
Annette Charpentier
April 7, 2016
Skains leaving Tarpons for Cecilia
April 5, 2016
Annette Charpentier
April 7, 2016

An all-day fun fest will take place on Saturday in Larose.

The mission is simple: fighting cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will have its South Lafourche event this weekend at the Larose Regional Park Pavilion at 307 East 5th St., in Larose.

The event will begin at 9 a.m., and will end at 10 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society to help in the continued fight to cure cancer.

“It’s a great family oriented event for all ages,” said Jasmine Ayo, the executive director for the Larose Civic Center. “It’s a day that people in our community always say that they enjoy and want to attend again.”

There’s fun for everyone at the South Lafourche rendition of Relay for Life.

At 9 a.m., the party will start, as team registrations will begin for the big day.

At noon, the public is invited to attend the ‘less run, more fun,’ event, which will have loads of activities for people of all ages.

This year, Ayo said there will be a petting zoo, games, live music, contests, a Survivor Parade and more.

There are also rumors that Elvis Presley himself will be spotted on the grounds, thoughout the day.

Ayo couldn’t confirm those rumors, but said that a lookalike of music’s King will be performing for cancer survivors in the Bouvier Room of the Larose Civic Center – a live show that will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Admission for the day of fun is free to the public. The spacious Larose Civic Center also has free parking, as well.

The only rule that event organizers have for the day is that spectators don’t bring any food or drinks onto the grounds.

Besides, there’s no need for any of that stuff, anyway, as some of the best chefs in the South Lafourche area will be on hand, mastering some of the best dishes in Louisiana – a menu including crawfish fettuccine, gumbo, corn soup, hot dogs with homemade chili, fried fish, grillades, hamburgers, fresh-squeezed lemonade and much more.

“It’s some of the best Cajun food around,” Ayo said. “Everything is delicious. There will be plenty for everyone. There will be enough food to feed an army, and there will be plenty enough for people to try anything that they’d like to throughout the day.”

After Elvis leaves the building, the Relay for Life Queen for Life Pageant crown auction will take place – featuring several sought-after items, which will be up for bids.

At 4, an egg toss competition will take place, featuring live music by Brennon and Sam.

After that, and just in time for supper, a chili and bouille cook-off will begin, which will seek to crown the community’s top chef in the always well-liked dishes.

As the pots are being lit, a sack race will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Shoe Pile Relays and Bubble Gum Bobbing will also take place in the afternoon, while music is performed live by Gun Powder and Lead.

Once the sun bows under the night sky, the event’s festivities get more serious.

At 8:30 p.m., the always-emotional Luminary Ceremony will begin, honoring everyone who has been affected by the deadly disease, which impacts millions of people annually throughout the world.

After that, partygoers are invited to dance the night away, as there will be a Pass the Pretzel Race at 9:15, a Hula Hoop Wrap Around at 9:30, then a midnight madness race at 9:45.

The day annually raises thousands of dollars to aid in the fight against cancer. Even with the current downswing in the economy, organizers are again expecting a successful event.

Anyone wanting more information is asked to call Mrs. Carol Guidry at (985)-791-5598.

Participants get ready for an auction during the 2013 South Lafourche Relay for Life event. This year’s version is set for Saturday at the Larose Civic Center. Event organizers said the day will be loaded with fun throughout.COURTESY