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Event will move downtown to Wait Park, shorten duration this year

There's a big change coming to this year's Relay for Life of Canby.

The event, which for years has been held at the Ackerman School track facility, will be setting foot in the heart of downtown Canby for 2017.

This year's Relay for Life event, slated for June 24, will be held at Wait Park. That's not all. This year's Relay will be much shorter, running six hours from 5 to 11 p.m., ending with the luminaria.

Carol Meeuwsen, who along with sister Sharon Braden, the event's chairperson, see the changes as offering plenty of potential. JOHN BAKER - The 2017 Relay for Life of Canby will move to Wait Park this year, among other changes.

"It's hard these days to have an 18- or 24-hour event, people are just too busy," Meeuwsen said. "So, we're kind of ratcheting back and hoping people will have to time spend with us that evening."

Meeuwsen said that her group was delighted by the Canby City Council's reaction to the the request to hold the event downtown and noted that they won't be closing any streets (at this point), but they will cordon off the parking spaces around the Wait Park block.

The plan is to still have food, activities and "plenty of fun," according to Meeuwsen. "We're pretty excited about it. It may be hard for some people who have been there from the first and liked it like that, but we've seen a decline in numbers of participants and we hope this will help with that. People have busy lives and that's just the way it is."

There will be planning session for this year' Relay on Monday, March 13, at the Backstop Bar & Grill. The leadership meeting starts at 6 p.m., followed by a general meeting at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Meeuwsen at 503-266-3559.

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