From Relay to roosters — weekend brings variety of events to region

May. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

A variety of activities celebrating life, history and the arts are slated for Central Carolina this weekend.

Relay for Life of Lee County

Come twilight on Friday, the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds will be basked in the glow of hundreds of luminaries in honor and memory of those who fought cancer.

“We will celebrate our survivors and we will remember those lost or who are battling with our luminaries,” said Relay for Life of Lee County Chairman Shirley Crissman. “We are determined to fight back.”

The 5:30 p.m. opening ceremony for the 18th annual Relay for Life event will kick off an evening of celebration and remembrance, Crissman said.

“I lost my mother to lung cancer, and my sister is a breast cancer survivor,” she said. “I am determined to put an end to this. I have a new grandbaby, and I never want her to hear the words, ‘You have cancer.’”

The overnight event is open to the public free of charge, Crissman said. Donations are accepted and encouraged.

Nearly 50 teams and more than 700 participants have committed to attend the event, and together, they have raised more than $73,000 for the American Cancer Society as of Tuesday evening.

A cancer survivor lap is scheduled for 6:45 p.m., the luminary ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. and musical entertainment is slated throughout the evening. More information and a full list of events is available at www.relayforlife.org/lee.

Carthage Buggy Festival

For a small Moore County town in the 1920s, automobiles were assumed to be nothing more than a passing phase.

“Little did they know,” said Carthage Clerk Karen O’Hara.

Carthage was home to Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory — the nation’s largest buggy manufacturer from the mid-1800s to 1920s — and will celebrate its history with the 25th annual Carthage Buggy Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the downtown area.

“People should come and enjoy the fun,” O’Hara said. “Bring the kids, they can play for free, and we usually have a wonderful day full of entertainment.”

The festival is free of charge to attend, and more than 130 food and craft vendors are scheduled to line the streets in Carthage.

New to this year’s festival is a Purina Dog Show and a Carthage Buggy Festival version of “American Idol.” The Carthage Fire Department will also celebrate its 100th anniversary by displaying antique firetrucks and selling anniversary memorabilia.

Barnyard Bash

The Lee County Arts Council invites people to flock to Depot Park for its first Barnyard Bash this Saturday

The Barnyard Bash, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. at Depot Park in downtown Sanford, includes a barbecue lunch, entertainment, children’s activities and the 2 p.m. auction of the Sanford Strutters. Local artists decorated or painted several two-foot tall fiberglass roosters to be displayed in area businesses and then will be auctioned off during the bash. The cost is $12 per adult and $3 per child for the LCAC fundraiser.

The event marks the finale of the arts council’s first community arts project of 2012-2013.

LCAC Executive Director Beth Whitehead said the fundraiser is a unique way to showcase the talents of area artists, attract people to businesses and raise funds for the arts council.

“We want everyone to come out for a fun day of entertainment and beautiful day at the park,” she said.

More information is available by calling Whitehead at (919) 774-6139