For the first time in 25 years, the annual Burlington/West Burlington Paint-A-Thon has been delayed by incessant rain.

The event, which tasks more than 500 volunteers with painting more than a dozen houses, has only been delayed once before, back in 1994. That was only the second year of the Paint-A-Thon, and only part of the week-long paint fest had to be delayed.

But there was no getting around mother nature this time. According to event coordinator Jim O'Neill, the volunteers will get the majority of the painting done this coming Monday and Tuesday.

The annual charitable event provides free paint jobs to the homes of locals who are unable to do it themselves. Many of them are elderly, disabled and financially incapable of a full paint job.

More than 500 homes have been painted since the Paint-A-Thon was founded 26 years ago.