Online public voting is open through June 8 for the 2016 youth and adult rain barrel painting contests sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Watershed Assessment and Management Section.

Online public voting is open through June 8 for the 2016 youth and adult rain barrel painting contests sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section.

Adult and student entries will be on display for public viewing through July 19 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, 866 N. DuPont Highway, Dover. The adult division winner will be displayed July 21-30 at DNREC’s building at the Delaware State Fair, 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, and will be presented to the governor during DNREC’s annual awards ceremony July 30 for Governor’s Day.

The top five youth entries will be displayed at DNREC’s building during the state fair and voted on by fair visitors for best painted rain barrel. The five finalists will participate in DNREC’s Governor's Day awards where the overall winner will be announced.

DNREC sponsors the contests to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Participants are chosen based on their applications and design ideas.

Participants received a 55-gallon plastic barrel, topcoat and bubble wrap. They supplied their own paint, brushes and other materials or tools. Participants had five weeks to finish and submit final photographs, information and a short biography of themselves.

Adult and youth entries will be used for educational projects and placed in public locations. For information, call 382-0335 or email sara.wozniak@state.de.us.