Wine race, car smash April 26 to raise Relay funds

Apr 18, 2014

As the Relay for Life events in Haywood approach in May, local Relay teams are working hard to reach their fundraising goals that will go toward cancer research.

The Downtown Waynesville Association will be sponsoring the Greater Waynesville Wine Race beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 on Miller Street near The Sweet Onion.

Rick Bohleber, chairman on the West Haywood Relay for Life event, said he has many local restaurants participating in the event. Teams of four servers from area restaurants will compete in a short, but grueling one-block relay climb up Miller Street to Main Street and back down while carrying a tray of stemware filled with mock wine.

All the entry fees go to the winner to serve as that restaurant's donation to Relay for Life.

"We segue from grace and finesse to raw brute strength and deep hidden rage that will reduce a pristine automobile to un-wreck-ognizable ruin," he said about the next event at 3 p.m.

The Mountaineer Newsies Relay team will be directing people down to the American Legion parking lot for a Car Smash. For a small donation, people can relieve some stress by taking a sledgehammer to the car. Participants will get three smashes for $5. The team plans to auction off the first smash to the highest bidder.

"It's all about FUNdraising and promoting The West Haywood Relay for Life, which is promising to be one of the largest family-friendly, total community, worthy cause events of the year," Bohleber said.

If you would like to offer a bid for the first smash, call Mountaineer Relay team captain Jessi Stone at 276-6286.

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