The public’s art appreciation is sought in voting for favorite entries through June 9 online in the 2017 artistic rain barrel contest sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section within the Division of Watershed Stewardship.

DNREC sponsors the contest as a way to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality.

To vote, visit bit.ly/2rtrO4E.

Eight local artists and 10 entries from youth or groups of young people were selected to paint creative designs on their rain barrels. DNREC chose the artists based on their applications and designs. After being selected, the artists had five weeks to paint and return their barrels. All artistic rain barrels are on display for public viewing at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover through July 18.

Five adult finalists and five youth finalists will be determined by online voting. The five student finalists will have their rain barrels displayed to be voted on by Delaware State Fair visitors for determining the grand prize winner, while the adult grand prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. Results for the youth rain barrel contest will be announced, and the grand prize winner of the adult contest will be recognized, on Governor's Day, July 27, at the fair.

After the contest, the artistic rain barrels will be dispersed for display at local events, businesses, schools, churches and with local governments.

Businesses, organizations and nonprofit groups interested in displaying an artist’s rain barrel should contact sara.wozniak@state.de.us or 382-0335.