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Hans Rueffert to Grand Marshal at Saturday's Relay parade

    RelayForLife-Logo This Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m. Pickens Relay for Life organizers are inviting the public to the first annual Relay Parade on Main Street.

     The parade theme is “Around the World: Passport to Hope,” and floats will travel north to south starting from Old Federal Road to end at Spring Street across from Jasper United Methodist Church.

     Relay for Life is a program of the American Cancer Society that celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer. Relay fights back against the disease with fundraising efforts that support cancer research and programs.


     Owner of Woodbridge Inn, Hans Rueffert, and other local cancer survivors will serve as Grand Marshals for the Saturday evening parade.

Relay for Life Event Chair Nicholoe Collins said because some roads downtown will be closed, weekend prom-goers should be reminded, “so they can find an alternate route for limos,” she said.

     Collins said all roads along Main Street from Old Federal to Spring streets will be closed from about 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

     The parade is the last Relay event leading up to the main event, the Relay for Life walk and celebration happening at Lee Newton Park on Saturday, May 12.

     Collins has said this is the biggest year yet for Pickens Relay, with 24 teams of 167 participants having already raised $25,364 for the American Cancer Society. Money raised in Pickens will stay in Pickens and go to fund local cancer programs, such as Look Good, Feel Better.

     For more information about Pickens Relay, or to see a list of the teams who will participate at the walk and how much each has raised, visit

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