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The American Cancer Society is teaming up with this year’s “Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival” to Light Up Kentucky purple and bring awareness to important cancer screenings.

Brooke Cary Whitis, American Cancer Society’s community representative for McCreary County said, “Kentucky…Hope Lives Here” is a special statewide campaign. We will be having events at 8 locations this year and the Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival is one of those special locations.” During the weekend of September 18th, there will be special “Night Of Hope” events at : Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival in Southeast Kentucky,  Newport Aquarium in Northern Kentucky, Triangle Park in Lexington, Natural Bridge in Eastern Kentucky, Fountain Square Park in Bowling Green, Smother’s Park in Owensboro & Kentucky Lake in Western Kentucky.

The American Cancer Society/Relay For Life of McCreary booth will be set up inside the Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival with purple luminaria bags for a $5.00 donation, purple tshirts with the state of Kentucky and Hope on it for a $12.00 donation and special purple glass mason jar luminaria engraved with “Hope Lives Here” for a $25 donation.

Special events include: The Decorated Purple Golf Cart Parade will be held on Friday evening of the festival. Saturday morning of the festival at 11:45am there will be a cancer survivor lap. Cancer survivors will be recognized each night during the festival. The American Cancer Society’s “Night of Hope-Light Up Kentucky” will be held on Saturday, Sept 19th with a special luminaria ceremony and moment of silence. In addition, there will be a Best Decorated Purple Camper Contest Saturday evening. The American Cancer Society/Relay For Life of McCreary County will decorate the venue in lots of purple this year. Purple is the universal color for cancer awareness and cancer survivors.

Whitis said, “When we were looking for a venue for our event in this part of the state, the Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival was a perfect fit. We are honored to have partnered up with the festival this year.”

For more information about the American Cancer Society call 1-800-227-2345 or

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