The Neshoba County Relay For Life is going to be a little different this year, but it has the same goal:  Raise money to find a cure for cancer.

Relay For Life is being held in downtown Philadelphia Thursday. It will be held on the east side of the Neshoba County Courthouse on Center Avenue. Relay will start registering survivors around 5 p.m. at The Citizens Bank Annex Building. Activities begin at 6 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m.

“We will have six to eight teams. The teams are raising their money like we have always done leading up to the actual event,” said chairman Charlene Deweese said. “Then on Relay night, it is going to be a community event. We are all going to work together. We are going to have things for the children to do. We are going to have games and food.”

But instead of everyone walking around a course into the night as in the past, the event will be centered at Center Avenue.

“The whole Relay thing has changed from what it was 20 years ago,” Deweese said. “When I first started in Neshoba County, we had people out walking all night long. It doesn’t work like that now. People are pulled in so many directions and have to choose what they want to do. We just don’t have a lot of people who will stay out there all night long. We stopped all night long years ago and a lot of communities have stopped that.”

Teams are still doing fundraising event. The Citizens Bank has always done a cookbook. This year, they are doing a favorites cookbook. The hospital had its mascaraed jewelry sale. But fundraisers can go on at different times throughout the year.