EVART — Every year at the start of the summer season, organizers, teams and individuals around the county plan for the annual Osceola County American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

The event has become an important part of the summer calendar and is something of a kickoff to a busy season for many around the county.

The relay is an important fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society and has become something of an local “institution.”

The Osceola 4-H/FFA Fairgrounds becomes an overnight tent city with hundreds of people and dozens of relay teams setting up their own little ‘neighborhoods’ throughout Tom Smith Memorial Stadium and bringing family and friends out for a few laps around the track.

And all in order to raise funds in support of the continuing battle against cancer.

The relay is not only one of the kickoff events of Osceola County’s summer calendar, it is also the premiere fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society around the state and nation.

It also provides a great opportunity to get the word out — Cancer can be avoided. Cancer can be fought. Cancer can be beaten.

This year, the Osceola Relay will take place at the fairgrounds in Evart on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25 from Noon to Noon at the Osceola County Fairgrounds, with individuals and team members out walking the track in shifts for a full 24 hours.

Opening ceremonies will be held at noon on Friday, with Survivor Registration taking place from 4-6 p.m. followed by the Survivor Ceremony- at 6 p.m. and the ever-touching Survivor Lap.

At dusk, or just after dark, the Luminaria Celebration will be held lighting up the stadium not only with candles, but with hope.

Closing ceremonies will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

And between those times, there’s a lot to do and see.

There’s a full 24 hours worth of fun, fellowship and emotional peaks and valleys to follow.

There will be something for everyone all day long and organizers encourage members of the public with no team affiliation not to feel like strangers.

Come out and support the walkers.

And there is so much more in store for those taking part or just visiting to show support.

Don’t miss out on a chance to really show community support and spirit where and when it is most needed.

For more information on Osceola County Relay For Life events call Mary Lynn Robertson at 1 (866) 364-6284 or mlrobertson@cancer.org.