For the past four yers, Bethany Baptist Church youth have traveled to 317 Jones Road in Cochran for the past four years on the last Wednesday in August for the Messy Olympics.
Started by former youth pastor Jim Ward, the tradition was continued by Jody and Becky Kirkpatrick when they became youth ministers in 2010.
The annual event was held Wednesday night. This year, a messy game of kickball complete with plastic tarps coated with flour and water and wading pools filled with different substances was the main event. But if next year's youth are to get messy again, it will be somewhere else.
Becky Kirkpatrick said they had resigned this past May and were staying on until someone new could be hired or the year was up. But she agreed it'd been a good ride for them and added "They're good kids."
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