Proctorville set for busy weekend

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

PROCTORVILLE — This weekend hundreds of people will flock to the normally quiet village of Proctorville for two annual events that have proven to be quite popular in the past.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Fairland High School will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday and will last until about noon the next morning. The event brings together fund-raising teams from businesses, schools, churches and families.

The Relay includes a variety of activities, including musical entertainment, games, contests and food. Cancer survivors will also be honored.

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This is the fifth year for the Relay, which raised more than $95,000 from about 40 teams last year. This year’s goal is $109,000 and organizers say preliminary figures show the teams participating could surpass that goal.

All of the money raised goes to ACS programs that benefit Lawrence County residents.

It is not too late to be part of the fund-raising efforts. If anyone wants to make a donation or buy luminaries honoring cancer victims or survivors, they should contact a Relay team captain or member. They can also call Jerry McConnell at (740) 886-3150 or Stephanie Burcham at (740) 886-7655.

Another event that is expected to draw big crowds is the annual village-wide rummage sale, a tradition for 15 years. Residents are invited to set up sales at their houses. Those who live outside the village are also welcome to put out rummage as long as they set it up at a friend’s or relative’s house or business. Set-up is not allowed on city streets or at other unauthorized locations, said Pam Legg, village clerk.

It will not only be individuals peddling their wares, several local organizations will be doing so as well. Among them are the Proctorville Woman’s Club, which will be having its sale at the home of member Betty Edwards at 215 Elizabeth St and the Masonic Lodge, which will be selling concessions, Legg said.

Legg said the rummage sales are extremely popular and draw people from around the Tri-State and the region.

“The first of March we have people start calling about it (sale),” she said. “Some people come down from as far away as Chillicothe and Point Pleasant and they just stay here all weekend.”

Although there will be a mass influx of people into the village this weekend, Legg said traffic should not be a problem and police will have the situation under control.

“We are not really going to be too tough on parking issues and things like that, as long as people don’t park in illegal places a long time,” she said. “We will have our officers patrolling on foot to handle any other problems.”