The Pettis County Girl Scouts are ready to host their third fundraiser of the summer to help with funds for Camp Sacajawea with a 5K Color Walk/Run set for Saturday morning.
Charlotte Scholl, an organizer, said she was inspired to host the event in Sedalia when two of her scouts who are in college sent her photos of Color Runs at their schools. On Saturday, local Girl Scouts will be armed with bottles of colored powder, ready to cover runners in bright colors as they run past.
“There will be four color stations with yellow, pink, green and blue. There will be Girl Scout troops with squeeze bottles and as runners pass by they squeeze the bottle and the powder comes out and gets them,” Scholl said. “We have runners and walkers (signed up). The youngest one is 4 and the oldest right now is 63. I think most of them are walking — we have a few die-hard runners in there, but it seems like most of them wanted to take their time and enjoy the walk.”
For those who plan to be a little competitive, the event is timed and medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in each age group. Scholl said there will also be a “Color Dash” for younger kids who may not be able to complete the 5K.
“If they can’t do the three-mile loop they can do the color dash for 500 yards while adults are walking the main course,” she said. “We thought we’d do a little dash with them, color them up too. We didn’t want to leave them out.”
This is the third fundraiser this summer to help Camp Sacajawea, along with a carnival at Liberty Park and a chicken dinner earlier this month. Scholl said she didn’t have exact numbers on the chicken dinner, but said it “went fantastic.”
“I bet we had over 70 or 80 people at the chicken dinner,” she said. “Everybody enjoyed it, we heard a lot of comments and got a lot of tips.”
Scholl said she is hoping the event will raise a couple thousand dollars and to have around 100 people participate. The proceeds will go toward maintenance costs at Camp Sacajawea, but the majority of the money will be allotted specifically to purchase a new roof for the main lodge.
“We’re planning to do the roof on the Sacajawea Lodge and so we’re hoping to earn enough money from this and the chicken dinner to maybe help with that and anything might pop up this winter,” Scholl said. “You never know what’s going to happen, pipes freezing, you never know what emergencies you might have, so hopefully this will help with emergencies too.”
Registration for the 5K Color Walk/Run will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with the race starting at 8 a.m. at the upper midway near the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The cost to enter is $30 per person and $25 for a family discount of three or more members, or $35 on the day of race. For more information call Scholl at 827-5851.