Splattering neighbors good community fun

Jennings County residents celebrated community spirit in a unique way Aug. 29 when they gathered at Muscatatuck County Park. They threw paint at each other while running or walking more than 3 miles.

Residents participated in the Splatter Our Community event, a 5K walk/run in which varied colors of paint are thrown at participants as they pass by. It’s a colorful way to support your community and have fun at the same time.

The event was planned and carried out by the Jennings County Chamber of Commerce.

The colors of paint for this year consisted of blue, purple, green, orange and pink.

Based on the reactions of participants and event workers, people seemed to have a good time.

Bridget Long, a Jennings County High School teacher and a Jobs for America’s Graduates specialist, said cleaning of the paint afterward was challenging but worth the experience.

“My favorite part was getting to participate with my students as well as my daughter,” said Long, who helps high school students find jobs.

Long said future participants should have fun with the paint and the event as a whole.

Adrien Napier, a senior at the Jennings County High School and a JAG student, worked the event and helped one of the sponsors. She threw orange paint at participants.

“The hardest part of the Splatter Our Community event was stocking up on powder to throw,” Napier said. “It was fun to throw it at people. That was my favorite part.”