The event was hosted by Harbin’s “Pirates of the Care Giving” crew that is among dozens of teams that are part of Cast Off Against Cancer 2012 benefiting Cancer Navigators.
Youngsters and adults enjoyed face painting, cake walks, games and drawings as part of the day’s event. They strolled among booths, while Randy Quick and the Q102 van played tunes to give the day a soundtrack.
Many of the vendors were other Cast Off Against Cancer teams, like the Canter 4 Cancer crew led by Cyndy Ferguson, who were selling T-shirts and magnets and telling folks about their benefit trail ride planned for April 14 at the Western Saddle Club.
The Breast Center at Floyd team, called Pink Floyd, was selling its popular “wall” T-shirt, while in the next booth Floyd Medical Center’s EMS team sold their “Lifesaver” tees.
Food vendors like Hall’s Cotton Candy kept people nibbling on cotton candy, funnel cakes and hotdogs while other hungry customers were lined up at Dereck and Joan Brady’s Crawdaddy’s Cajun and Creole Cuisine to eat po boys and shrimp boulettes.
The Tucker Farms booth was selling lush hydroponic lettuce, while artisans like George Baker, who crafts wooden ornaments and religious items, and Mae Stanfield, who makes cuddly sock dolls, showcased their handmade creations.
Events such as the Treasure Trail are part of Cancer Navigators’ main benefit of the year — Cast Off Against Cancer — that will culminate April 22 with a celebration from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Cancer Center.
“Activities like this that raise needed funds and awareness of the services we provide to local cancer patients are so vital and appreciated,” said Cancer Navigators Executive Director Charlotte Atkins. “So many of our community partners were out here today, and there are more events going on this month and next. Please know that when you support these teams that every dollar stays right here in our community to help local cancer patients on their journey.”