In celebration of Earth Day 2020, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Limestone County Master Gardeners are partnering with KALB to sponsor this rain barrel painting contest.
Anyone can compete by designing and painting the best rain barrel. No age limits. This contest highlights the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve our waterways.
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 to lower water bills, particularly in the summer months by collecting thousands of gallons of free water each year!
Participants are invited to paint creative designs on a rain barrel. The 30-65 gallon plastic barrels may be fully assembled to be a functioning rain barrel; however, this is not required. Barrels should have a coat of primer and preferably a top protective clearcoat so the artwork will be protected from the elements. The participant is responsible for supplying their own rain barrel and paint for the design. One may be purchased from the Limestone County Master Gardeners.
Ready-to-paint rain barrels are available for purchased from Limestone County Master Gardeners Association (LCMGA) for $50. If you wish to purchase from the LCMG, contact Rick Pressnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)965-9161.