Young Ghouls, Goblins treated to Sheriffs’ Pumpkin Painting Party

BRAZIL – About 150 students, parents, and grandparents attended a free pumpkin painting party on Saturday at the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch.

Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden, former Marion County Sheriff John Layton, Putnam County Sheriff Scott Stockton, and Vigo County Sheriff John Plassee hosted the event at their 62-acre youth not-for-profit training retreat for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, young witnesses, and victims of crime.

AT&T Foundation provided support for programming for underrepresented and underserved youth.

Young ghouls and goblins were treated to free pumpkins, paints, desserts, candy, and drinks. Adults encouraged organizers to make the free pumpkin painting party an annual event at the Youth Ranch.

Discounts for this year’s event were provided in part by Baesler’s Market of Terre Haute and Yankee Rose Gardens of Brazil.

Harden, Layton, Stockton, and Plasse serve as volunteer directors of the nonprofit Youth Ranch along with Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux, Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers, Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen, Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder, Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, Grant County Sheriff Reggie Nevels, La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd, Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain, Ripley County Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth and Vermillion County Sheriff Mike Phelps. UAW Local 933 President Gary Holmes and Southern Indiana auto dealer John Johns of John Jones Auto Group also serve as board members representing labor and business.

For more information or to donate, email, call 317-460-4242, or write to Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, 5325 N. State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834.