Grab your small change and get those throwing arms ready, because several local celebrities are in the running to be hit with water balloons at the upcoming The Brazil Times Relay For Life Carnival.
"We wanted something unusual this year," Times General Manager Lynne Llewellyn said about the upcoming event scheduled for 1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 15. "This is something the public can really get involved in."
Donation canisters will be on display at The Brazil Times office this week with pictures of the following celebrity targets:
* Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers,
* City of Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw,
* Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown,
* Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, and
* Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger.
They have agreed to let the public vote by making donations on which celebrity target they want to see stand on the firing line and get hit with water balloons to raise money for the 2010 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life event scheduled for May 22-23, at the Clay County YMCA.
Early voting starts today (Monday) during normal business hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at The Brazil Times office until closing Friday.
The public will also be able to start voting again during Saturday's carnival at 1 p.m. It will end one hour later, with the celebrity "Mulligan" voting to begin at 2 p.m. As part of the Mulligan feature, celebrities will be able to stuff the donation canisters of other contestants in hopes of not being on the firing line. However, they won't know how much to put in to push another target's total high enough to force them on the firing line.
The "target" will be announced and take their place on the firing line as soon as votes are counted.
Special water balloons will be available to purchase and throw at the target for 15 minutes. Other celebrities, who have agreed to take a few water balloons for the cause, will line up immediately afterwards.
Other surprise celebrities might also attend the event, so stop by to see who could potentially end up wet.
Several Brazil Times employees will also standing on the firing line throughout the carnival. Editor Jason Moon, General Manager Lynne Llewellyn, Sales Rep. John Adamson and Reporter Jason Jacobs have agreed to take one for the Relay team.
The Brazil Times Relay For Life Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. in the parking lot at 100 North Meridian St.
The itinerary for activities includes:
* Celebrity Water Balloons: Public voting starts at 1 p.m., and will end one hour later, with the celebrity "Mulligan" voting to begin at 2 p.m. The "target" will be announced and take their place on the firing line as soon as votes are counted. Special water balloons will be available to purchase and throw at the target for 15 minutes. Other celebrities, who have agreed to take a few water balloons for the cause, will line up immediately afterwards,
* Book Store: The American Cancer Society's Book Store will provide a wide selection of new books at reduced prices during the event. These books, which start at $1 each, make great gifts for readers of all ages,
* Games: Win prizes by playing Duck Pond, Corn Hole and Bean Bag Toss,
* Face Painting: Two booths will be available, each with unique designs for the young and those young-at-heart,
* 50/50 drawing: Chances go on sale at 1 p.m., with the drawing tentatively scheduled to take place at 3 p.m.,
* Live music: Local band LOWDOWN will perform throughout the event,
* CRUSH Cancer Car: Come take out those frustrations for a good cause by making a $1 donation per sledgehammer swing at the CRUSH Cancer Car. NOTE: For safety reasons, participants must be at least 16-years-old, wear protective safety gear and follow instructions, and
* Auction: The list of gift certificates for free dinners, golf outings, community theater tickets, video rentals, a fireworks package, a pool party and manicures along with specialty baked items, hand painted works of art by local artists and other miscellaneous items continues to grow for the fundraising auction. The bidding begins at approximately 2:30 p.m.
If a Clay County Relay For Life team would like to set up a booth at the carnival, contact Times General Manager Lynne Llewellyn at 446-2216 before Thursday noon.
For more information about how to participate in the 2010 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life, contact Event Chair Janice Piatt (812-442-9785) or Event Vice Chair Carrol Evans (812-442-0505) or log on http://www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin.