This year’s Relay for Life event switched things up and joined forces as the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life was combined into a countywide event Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight at Circle High School’s football stadium.

People from all over Butler County—Andover, Augusta, Benton, Cassoday, Douglass, Elbing, El Dorado, Latham, Leon, Potwin, Rose Hill, Towanda and Whitewater—came to celebrate those who survived their bouts with cancer while also honoring and remembering those who have passed because of cancer or giving comfort to those who have lost a loved one to the horrible disease.

The night was emotional from the opening ceremonies on. Reverend Jeff Thurman offered an emotionally charged prayer, then had anyone present shout out the name of the person he or she came to honor and remember by walking for the event.

A couple Relay for Lifers who have survived cancer volunteered to hold a banner as they led the way. Anyone who survived cancer or was a caregiver walked around the track as supports and vendors alike cheered and uplifted them.

The rest of the night ensued with live auctions, silent auctions, a frozen t-shirt contest, marshmellow golf, a Luminaria Ceremony, a Fight Back Ceremony and a cheeseface competition.

The El Dorado VFW and American Legion Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem as Megan Haywood sang the song. Chris Drum, Moonlight DJ and Karaoke, provided the music and sound equipment.

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital was a Platinum Sponsor for the event. SCS Engineers and Security 1st Title were among the Gold Sponsors.