Relay for Life season is almost here, and it will kick off for the first time ever at the York Revolution's stadium.
An American Cancer Society fundraiser, Relay is an overnight event that celebrates cancer survivors, memorializes loved ones and raises money for the fight against cancer. The York, Southern York and Dillsburg walks are set for June 20, and Hanover's Relay will be July 11.
The "Rev up Relay" will feature several events leading up to the Revs' game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets to the game are $12 and include admission to the Relay events. Food vouchers are $5 and include a hot dog, Pepsi product and bag of Martin's chips.
Rev it up: The festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a "mini Relay" inside Santander Stadium in York City. Relay teams will walk around the concourse, raise funds, provide information and give away prizes.
Also on tap will be kids' activities — inflatables, face painting, balloon artists and a dunk tank; glowsticks for $1 will be used for a luminaria ceremony after the game.
From 4 to 5:15 p.m., the party continues outside the stadium on the plaza with the Cancer Society's "birthday party." Kids' activities will continue on the plaza, and local country artist Lindsey Erin will perform.
Gates to the stadium will reopen at 5:30 p.m. Once the game is over, the lights will be turned out for the luminaria ceremony and fireworks.
Volunteers from the York, Southern York, Dillsburg and Hanover Relay events helped make the event happen, said Richelle Horn, Relay specialist at the Cancer Society's York office. Although it's the first event of its kind at the Revs stadium, she hopes it will continue.
"We're hoping that every year it gets bigger and bigger," she said.
The music: Erin, 20, is from Seven Valleys, and the event is one of five regional Relay walks at which she will perform as part of her "Rock the Relay" tour this summer, said her manager, Jerry Duncan.
She just released a music video and single, "Up in Smoke," and she wanted to bring some entertainment to the Relay events, he said.
Since getting her start in 2011, Erin has gotten involved in the fair circuit, performed in several states and opened for some national acts, Duncan said.
She's been picked up by a Nashville producer and is now receiving radio airplay in Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York, he said.
"Come out and support a phenomenal cause ... and while you're there, you can see some great music and a potential up-and-coming artist," Duncan said.
To order tickets, contact Deidre Geroni at (717) 801-4477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.