Ugly dresses encouraged at “The Longest Aisle” fundraiser next weekend

By Nick Kovatch on November 10 at 8:01am

Grab that ugly bridesmaid dress and flaunt it around the downtown square for a good cause next weekend.

That’s the idea behind the latest fundraiser for the South Morgan/Premier Bank Tri-County Relay for Life team called “The Longest Aisle” Bridesmaid Run/Walk. The event begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 16th with registration. The one-mile race begins 9 a.m.

Carolyn White is a team co-captain and kidney cancer survivor.

“We’ve opened this up for everybody just to be crazy and have a lot of fun with it,” says White. “Put your running shoes on. We want guys to run, too. Fix up a t-shirt and go see if you find some goofy outfit at Goodwill or Salvation Army. We just want people to gather and have an absolute blast.”

The entry fee is $15 which goes toward the Relay for Life’s mission to fight cancer.

White says there will be awards, prizes and even a photo shoot.

“Awards are not your typical awards for a race,” says White. “They’re like the “Craziest Outfit”, “The Craziest Bridal Party”, “Craziest Hair” and such as that, and we want to have a bridal party photo shoot. It’s kind of like a mass wedding like they have in Central Park in New York sometimes. We’ll just make our own Midwest spin off of something like that.”

Applications can be picked up at Premier Bank of Jacksonville or online at