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Relay event scheduled for Monday

COVINGTON -- If you want to get involved in Newton County Relay for Life 2011, now's the time to start preparing. The kickoff event for Relay for Life will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Eastside High School cafeteria. The high school is located at 10245 Eagle Drive.

"Everybody is welcome to come to the kickoff, if you've been on a team or not, and just see what it's all about," said Beth Bradley, Newton County Relay for Life committee member.

The event is free and will include dinner and a presentation on how to raise money for the big event, set for April 29 at the Church at Covington. This year's goal is to raise $240,000, with participation of 70 teams and 1,000 individuals. The theme this year is "Cruisin' for a Cure."

"It's a good way to learn more about how to get involved and start making a difference and get important information. There will be team packets handed out," Bradley said of the kickoff. Information on how to register a team and survivor activities will also be discussed.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's largest fundraiser. The all-night walk/run held each year in April is the culmination of fundraising efforts that take place locally year-round. In Newton County, Relay season runs Sept. 1 through Aug. 31.

"This community is very, very Relay oriented," Bradley said, noting that every school in the county participated in the last two events.

For more information on Newton County Relay for Life, e-mail the American Cancer Society's district representative, Victoria Patrick, at victoria.patrick@cancer.org, or call 706-549-4893.

Registration open for pageant

Bradley is once again hosting the Miss Sweetheart Relay Pageant to benefit Relay for Life. The pageant will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Eastside High School. Applications for entrants are being accepted.

Categories are: Baby Miss, age birth through 18 months; Toddler Miss, age 19-35 months; Wee Miss, age 3-4 years; Little Miss, age 5-6 years; Young Miss, age 7-9 years; Pre-Teen Miss, age 10-11 years; Teen Miss, age 12-13 years; Jr. Miss, age 14-16 years; and Miss, age 17 and up. Winners will participate in community events throughout the year.

The entry fee is $60 and checks should be made payable to Relay for Life and mailed to B. Bradley; 1120 Knights Ridge Drive; Rutledge, GA 30663.

Admission to the pageant will be $5 for adults and $2 for students. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Queens in each age division will receive a crown and custom made banner. All participants will receive a trophy. Special awards for Most Photogenic, Prettiest Hair, Prettiest Smile, and Prettiest Dress will be awarded in each age division. Contestants will have the option of selling ads for a program to be sold at the pageant, with proceeds to benefit Relay for Life. The contestant who raises the most money will be named Miss Spirit Relay and all participating will receive a special prize.

Ad prices range from $25 to $100 and all ads will appear in both the pageant program and the 2011 Newton County Relay for Life Program.

The deadline to enter the pageant or purchase an ad is Oct. 4. For more information, call 770-377-9244 or email bbtaz@mindspring.com.

Last year's event raised more than $2,100 for Relay.