Cirque du Relay returning June 2

The 2007 Hudson-Stow Relay For Life will bring back "Cirque du Relay" June 2 at the Hudson High School track. Now in its third year, Cirque provides games such as tic tac toe, bingo ball, ring toss and more for children 10 and younger at Relay.

This year's Cirque will begin at noon, immediately following the opening ceremony, and continue until 2 p.m. In addition to Cirque, there will be games and contests for children of all ages every hour between noon and 9 p.m., including a frozen T-shirt contest, musical chairs, a free throw contest, 3-legged race, egg toss, a Relay scavenger hunt, and a pie-eating contest. At the same time, participants can sign up to compete in a co-rec volleyball tournament from 2 to 4 p.m., a co-rec flag football tournament from 4 to 6 p.m., or a 2-on-2 basketball tournament from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Down on the Corner," a new addition to this year's Relay, will feature ongoing entertainment throughout the day. Demonstrations by Hickey's Karate, the Talent Tree of Little Leapers, Nia White Belt, Visions of the Nile Belly Dance School, and the On Target Fencing Team will keep walkers and attendees on edge. Other entertainment includes musical performances by Folk 49, Chris Nekvinda, the Malyuk Sisters and Jazzercise.

After a luminary ceremony at 9 p.m., the nighttime fun includes tournaments for ping-pong, bocce ball, corn hole, Frisbee golf, badminton, euchre, bingo, Connect Four, Bunco and chess. Also back for walkers will be Midnight Madness with a new set of entertaining laps. The morning sun will bring the first ever Relay Sunrise Service, followed by the closing ceremony at 8 a.m. June 3.

The Hope Stage entertainment schedule, features Hudson High School Jazz 2 at 9 a.m., Hudson Jazz Lab at 10:15 a.m., The Lockwood All-Star Band with Cleveland Fats at noon, the Western Reserve Community Band at 2 p.m., Project 9 at 3:30 p.m., Dancin' Around the Track with Sue Marino at 4 p.m., an inaugural dinner theatre production by Hudson Players at 5:30 p.m., Anne E. DeChant at 7:30 p.m., and Eclyptic at 10 p.m.

Finally, a new food court at Relay offers attendees the chance to enjoy a variety of menu choices.

"We've made a strong effort to create an entertaining, family-friendly atmosphere at this year's Relay," said Beth Abriatis, the event co-chair.

"We hope everyone in the Hudson and Stow communities can find time to join us on June 2 and 3 to celebrate hope in our united fight against cancer," added co-chair Dianna Palmeri.

The Hudson-Stow Relay For Life is in its ninth year and has raised more than $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society. It is the second largest Relay in the state of Ohio. Call Abriatis at 330-656-9399 or Palmeri at 330-342-7159 for more information.