Friday Night Relay and Concert


June 16th, 6 p.m. Until Midnight


This year’s cancer fight brings you a downtown Friday night, just as the school year is ending. The Relay For Life of St. Croix Valley will kick off at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 16 at the “Triangle Park” in downtown Calais. It will end six hours later at midnight. 

The event follows good news in the war on cancer, because a recent study by the American Cancer Society (ACS) indicates that the Relay and other cancer-fighting efforts are having an impact. Overall cancer death rates from 2010 to 2014 decreased by 1.8% per year in men, by 1.4% in women, and by 1.6% in children. The ACS “Annual Report to the Nation” 1 said that the reductions were due to improvements in early detection and treatment, as reduction of tobacco use.

At 6:00 on Relay Night, the opening ceremonies will include a message from cancer survivor Bill Kolodnicki and Caregiver Anne Scott. 

Also as part of the ceremonies, the first two laps of the Relay honor the front line warriors in the fight against cancer. The Survivors’ Lap is first, followed by the Caregivers’ Lap, as the crowd cheers the victories and battles of those most touched by the disease. 

Hourly events will take place throughout the evening, which features two concerts. The Saturday Night Rock Band will perform from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. 

At 10:00 p.m., the memorable Luminaria Ceremony will take place, as candles line the pathway to honor survivors and remember absent friends and loved ones. The closing ceremony will follow before the end of the event at 12:01 a.m. Updates are available on Facebook.