Sunday’s inaugural Relay for Life Pageant, sponsored by DeMotte State Bank, drew an astounding 33 contestants, ranging in age from 1 to 18.
Coordinator Candice Miller hopes to raise $1,500 for cancer research through a combination of entry fees, ticket and concession sales and other donations. Miller says many of the contestants are taking part because proceeds benefit cancer research. That’s also why the DeMotte State Bank is fielding a team. Miller is a cancer survivor, and says many members of the bank’s close-knit staff have been touched by the disease.
The pageant will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the family life center at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Knox, where a winner will be crowned in each of four age groups to represent their title and participate at the Starke County Relay for Life Event at the Hamlet fairgrounds in June. Age groups range from Teeny Tiny Miss, 1-3; Tiny Miss, ages 4-7; Little Miss, ages 8-12; and Miss, ages 13-18.