The Hamilton County 4-H Fair will be a little greener this year – literally – as residents are invited to participate in the inaugural one-mile “Color Me Green” Fun Run on July 21.
Registration will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the commercial tent and the one-mile run will start at 11:30 a.m. Cost to participate is $10. Proceeds from the event will go to the Hamilton County 4-H Scholarship Fund.
“It’s just about fun and getting families active together. It celebrates the 4-H Fair and having a healthy lifestyle,” Hamilton County 4-H Youth Development Leader Kathleen Bohde said.
Color Me Green is a Purdue Extension/Indiana 4-H Youth Development-sponsored color run being held across Indiana between March and July. As in other color runs that have become popular across the country, runners will be showered with colored powder at various stations along the run. Bohde said the Color Me Green will be using green dyes for the event.
“One of the mission areas is healthy living. We have a lot of projects around health,” Bohde said. “The one-mile course is around the fairgrounds. It will all be on our 14 acres in the grassy area.”
The race is untimed and has no winners or prizes so participants can run or walk the course.
“It’s just for fun,” Bohde said. “You can do up to three laps if you enjoy running.”
Registration can be done the day of the event or online at www.extension.purdue.edu/hamilton. Bohde said the first 50 registered participants will receive either a T-shirt or sunglasses. White shirts and eyewear are suggested for participants.
“Volunteers and 4-H’ers will be throwing color. There will be a slip-and-slide area and misting station,” she said. “White T-shirts show the color the best.”
Volunteers will also be collecting canned goods during registration. All goods collected will be donated to a local food pantry.