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State Fairgoers vote first place winner
in youth rain barrel painting contest

HARRINGTON (July 30, 2015) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko announced the first-place winner in this year’s youth rain barrel painting contest. Fairgoers had the opportunity to view the top five finalists’ painted barrels on display in the DNREC Building at the Fair, and to vote until Tuesday’s deadline for their favorite. All five barrels will remain on display until the fair closes Saturday, Aug. 1.

The first-place barrel winner in the youth contest, as voted by fairgoers, is “Ocean Beauty,” painted by the Zakat Foundation Water Miners  - Mirac Kekik, Nur Kose, Furkan Kose, Yusuf Kose, Merve Kekik, Sa'ad, Ali Khan, Yusuf Patel, Aarib Syed, Aadil Syed, Hana Hubert, Yousuf Ahmed, Adeeba Allimulla, Huda Kose and Ruhi Khan.

The other four finalists are:

·       “Let Learning Bloom,” by Kassidy Bahel, Caden Emerson, Kimora Sample, Michael Greco Jr. and Prabnor Singh of Towne Point Elementary School; teacher Christy Tapert

·       “Rainfalls mmm-Fresh!” by Oliver Menard, Joshua Menard, Lida Gannon, Leslie Webb, Garrett Geidel and Brenna Geidel of Peach Blossom 4-H Club; club leader Jennifer Menard

·       “A Fine Day on Wagamons Pond,” by May Dillard, Molly Mendes, Shane Lammey, Kelly Bragg, Samantha Connors, Marina Santini and Elle Anderson of Milton Elementary School; teacher Sandra Allen

·       “Farmers,” by Samuel Wells of Eagles Nest Christian Academy; teacher Robyn Stanton

Also recognized were the grand prize winners in the adult rain barrel painting contest, Debbie Hegedus and Rowena Macleod. Their barrel, “Egret/Deer & Water: The Interconnectedness of All Living Things,” focuses on the dependence of all forms of life on water, with the goal of spurring action to conserve and protect our precious water supply. Both artists are longtime art teachers from northern Delaware, and their barrel will be placed at Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence in Dover.

DNREC sponsored the two rain barrel painting contests to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Fourteen youth participants and 16 adult participants were chosen for the contests based on their applications, design ideas and site placements. Individuals or groups chosen each received a fully-assembled, primed 55-gallon plastic barrel, topcoat and bubble wrap; they supplied their own paint, brushes and other materials or tools. They then had five weeks to finish their artistry and submit final photographs and information, as well as a short biography of themselves.

As part of the program, each selected individual or group is required to find a public home for their finished rain barrel. Placement can be at a school, with a nonprofit organization, church, municipal building, or other public location.

For more information about the rain barrel painting contests, including photos of the entries, please click 2015 rain barrel contest. For more information on the contests, please contact Sharon Webb at or 302-739-9922.

What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores the water from roofs and downspouts for future uses such as watering lawns, gardens, and house plants; cleaning off gardening tools; and washing your car. Rain barrels help lower your water bills, particularly in the summer months by collecting thousands of gallons of water a year. Rain barrels are also important for our environment because they help reduce water pollution by decreasing the amount of stormwater runoff reaching our streams and rivers. An average rainfall of one inch within a 24-hour period can produce more than 700 gallons of water that run off a typical house. This stormwater runoff picks up anything on the ground such as litter, excess fertilizer, pet waste, and motor oil, transporting it to storm drains that dump the untreated water directly into our waterways.

Vol. 45, No. 247
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