James Ball was a little hesitant when he first got up on stage to get his hair buzzed off. But after a couple of strokes from the electric clippers administered by his mother, he started to take it in stride.

Ball was part of the ninth annual Joy to Be Bald fundraiser held Oct. 14. He was there because of his grandfather, a recipient of the proceeds of the event. The fundraiser also benefits an anonymous local person with kidney cancer, plus other local families struggling with cancer throughout the year.

The annual event featured something for everyone. In addition to the 2.2-mile fundraising walk-a-thon that began at the tower on Stickney Hill and ended at Lori’s Café, there was also a barbecue at the Community Hall, courtesy of Liberty Fire Department; a bounce house, face painting, a live auction and, of course, the annual head-shaving event.

Auction donation items taken home by bidders included a kayak, a canoe, Liberty Graphics T-shirts, locally made quilts and Art Oldman birdhouses.

According to event organizer Lori Mayer, 75 people participated in the walk, and throughout the day there were approximately 250 to 300 people taking part. An idea for next year's event, Mayer said, is "Sue Totman (another event organizer) and myself  shaving our heads!"

What began in 2010 as a dare between Lori's Café owner Mayer and a patron who offered to donate money to a mutual friend if Mayer agreed to shave her head, has grown into an annual event to offer financial assistance to local people battling cancer. The event still bears the name of the original recipient and dear friend, Joy Mehuren, who succumbed to lung cancer in 2011, Mayer said.