Rain did not put a damper on a good time for a good cause along False River.

Hundreds of residents crowded the riverside on Friday, Oct. 4th for “Relayin’ on the River,” the first “Relay for Life” event held along False River in downtown New Roads. The new location followed several years of events at the Scott Civic Center.

The festivities this year included games, a dunking booth, inflatables for kids and, of course, plenty of food. Pointe Coupee Parish recording artist Taylor Frey, a native of Morganza, performed through most of  the event.

Father Pat Broussard of St. Mary Catholic Church delivered a prayer and inspirational message to survivors at the start of the evening. 

In addition, the event included a dance contest, Disney trivia, fireworks and follow-up on a bet between two prominent New Roads residents.

As part of a wager between New Roads Mayor Cornell Dukes and Pointe Coupee Parish Chamber of Commerce president Lauren Guidroz, the mayor took a pie to the face, courtesy of Guidroz.

The dunking booth also drew plenty of attention. Willing participants (victims) included UPS delivery driver “Big Brown” District Judge Kevin Kimball, Pointe Coupee Parish President Major Thibaut and Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres, among others.

The 2019 event has generated $82,000 thus far for the fight against cancer, but not all money has been collected. All proceeds from the event benefitted the American Cancer Society, which uses the funds for research, treatment and help with doctor visits and other needs for patients and their families.