Join the Record-Setting Water Balloon Fight Tonight!

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 28, 2009) It’s going to take more than 3,000 people and 100,000 water balloons, but on August 28, students at the University of Kentucky and Lexington residents will break the Guinness World Record for the largest water balloon fight ever.

The water balloon fight will take place at 11:55 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, on the Pieratt Student Athletic Fields adjacent to the Johnson Center on UK's campus and has been organized by Christian Student Fellowship (CSF), a student organization at UK. The fight is the culminating event of K Week, UK's welcome week for new students, but CSF hopes more than just new students will attend.

“This event will be a fun and unique way for the students at UK to start the school year, but we also encourage people from the Lexington area to be involved,” says Gina Young, an associate staff member at CSF. “We want the water balloon fight to be something that everyone can enjoy. This is an amazing opportunity for both the students and the community to participate in something that will connect everyone in a new and exciting way.”

In order to pull off the event, CSF has been working throughout the summer. “We’ve contacted Guinness and we’re really excited. They’re on board and we’re spending tons of time planning. This is going to be something people at UK and around Lexington remember for a long time,” Greg Schuette, an associate campus minister, said. 

Students who have been participating in K Week can also turn in their passports from 11 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. to receive their free K Week T-shirt (while supplies last). All completed passports will be entered into a prize drawing for large giveaways, which will take place after the water balloon fight (students must be present to win).

The entire Lexington community, including all UK students, is invited to participate in the event. Please note that everyone in attendance will get wet. To volunteer to be a judge, help with the event or learn more about CSF, contact

Want a preview? Visit here for video of last year's attempt.