As farmers begin harvesting their crops this fall, a group of people will be harvesting a little hope in downtown Fostoria.
Fostoria’s Relay For Life will step off from the green space at Tiffin and Main streets at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 under this year’s theme: Harvesting Hope.
Naomi Karr, Fostoria’s Relay for Life volunteer marketing lead, said they’re thinking of the event as a “fall festival.”
The festival will include five vendors — four food trucks and one novelty vendor — along with inflatables, games and more. Karr said the festival will be open to the public and is free to all comers.
This year’s Relay For Life goal is $55,000 and the five teams registered, as well as the event’s eight sponsors, have raised nearly half that amount.
But Relay organizers know it will take the Fostoria community to make it a success, which is why the festival has been moved to the center of the city.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser. Relay events are conducted across the nation to “remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer,” according to the agency.
Although the move to Main Street was meant to draw more supporters, the relocation will work out well considering the construction underway at Fostoria City Schools’ campus.
Bleachers will be set up for spectators and participants alike as the green space is transformed into the staging area for the event where teams will set up their campsites, Karr said. There will be a survivors’ tent, a tent from which luminaries will be sold and a tent for the silent auction that runs from 2-6:30 p.m.
There will also be a designated space for the Hawg Sauce Catering BBQ dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. The dinner costs $10 for a half-barbecue chicken dinner or pulled pork and $12 for barbecue ribs and includes cheesy potatoes, green beans, dinner roll and a beverage. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 21 by calling Annette Griffin at 419-619-2707.