PINEVILLE —The McDonald County Relay For Life will have a new twist this year.
“Our event is the American Cancer Society Festival of McDonald County,” said Patty Johnson, event chair. “We are one of six communities moving to the Festival format this year.

PINEVILLE —The McDonald County Relay For Life will have a new twist this year.
“Our event is the American Cancer Society Festival of McDonald County,” said Patty Johnson, event chair. “We are one of six communities moving to the Festival format this year.
“This will be shorter, but still an event to celebrate hope and empower communities in the fight against cancer, Johnson said. “There will still be some of the things you think of with Relay, like recognizing survivors and remembering those we lost, but we won't have the teams walking the entire length of the event.”
The event will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Pineville Square.
Johnson said there are several reasons for the change in name.
“We've seen the number of volunteers drop over the last few years as well as the attendance,” she said. “We knew we needed to try something new, so we decided to try this format this year.”
Organizers have three teams, but according to Johnson, “we are really all working as one unit on all aspects of the event.”
The McDonald County goal this year is $17,000.
“This is an event to celebrate hope and empower communities in the fight against cancer,” she said.
Johnson said there would be plenty of activities for the participants to do.
“We'll have a DJ playing music all evening,” she said. “We have a car show starting at 6 p.m., entry fee is $5. People can vote for their favorite and we'll be awarding the People's Choice Award around 8:30 p.m.”
Included in the festivities will be food, with a chicken dinner for $5 that will include delicious rolls made by Kenny Underwood, and sides donated by area churches.
“We'll have a kid's corner that will include face painting, snowcones, cotton candy, a ring toss and other games,” Johnson said. A cakewalk is also planned.
The McDonald County Historical Society will have the museum in the Old Courthouse open from 6-8 p.m.  She said there would also be raffles including one for a La-Z-Boy chair and three-wheeled bike, among other things.  
“We're also going to have illuminated balloons that can be purchased in honor of a survivor or in memory of someone we've lost,” she said. “We are going to have Signing for the Divine there to perform as well after dark toward the end of the event.”
Johnson said she is pleased with the community support.
“I'm always pleased with the support we get from the community,” she said.  “Every year, the community never lets us down.”
For anyone who wants more information or would like to make a donation, they can go to acsfest.org/mcdonaldco; or email Aimee.Short@cancer.org;  or Johnson at pattyj.mcdrelay@gmail.com.
In case of rain, the event will be in the gym of the First Baptist Church, located just off of the square on east 5th Street, Pineville.