CARMEL, EN – Rain on Main, the popular painted rain barrel contest and online auction presented by Carmel Utilities, Carmel Department of Storm Water Management and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, kicks off Friday, August 12 with an exhibit of 20 decorated barrels in the Carmel Arts and Design District. The barrels will be displayed along Main Street throughout the following week before being moved to the Carmel Farmers Market.
Barrel art designs will be judged on opening weekend by an independent jury and first, second and third place artists will receive cash prizes. There will also be a “People’s Choice” award based on each barrel’s “likes” on the Rain on Main Facebook page from noon Friday, August 12 until 10 a.m. Saturday, August 20.
On Saturday August 20, the barrels will go on display at the Carmel Farmers Market before finding new homes with the highest bidders in the online silent auction.
Do you want to make an offer? You can register for the auction by texting RAIN to 88793 or by visiting rainonmain.com. The auction begins at noon on August 12 and ends at 11 a.m. on August 20 at the market. Net proceeds from the auction will fund water education signs in Carmel Clay parks, some of which have already been installed in Founders Park at 116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway. The winner of the “People’s Choice” prize will be announced live in the market at 10:45 am, just before the end of the online auction.
Rain on Main is made possible in part through the sponsorship of Green Landscape Geeks, a landscape architecture and landscaping company specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of sustainable and environmentally friendly landscapes. The event is also supported by Tom Wood Collision Center, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes and White Ace Hardware in addition to the following Rain on Main Barrel sponsors: 2023 Carmel Marathon, Actors Theater of Indiana, All Things Carmel, Bazbeaux Pizza, Calico Counseling, Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation, Carmel Education Foundation, The Carrie Holle Group, Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael, The Great Frame Up, Indiana Artisan Gifts and Gallery, MEG & Associates, Moody Eyes, Papa Fattoush Restaurant, Purple Ink, LLC, Ranj Puthran Allstate Insurance Agency and RPM Technologies, LLC.
The use of rain barrels to recycle rainwater for water conservation and gardening purposes is gaining popularity in the United States. Carmel Utilities and all of our generous sponsors hope that through Rain on Main’s painted barrel art, more homeowners will add a barrel to their yard.
Rain barrels sit under gutter downspouts to collect and store rainwater from roofs that would otherwise be lost through runoff and diverted to storm drains, streams and rivers. The collected water can then be used to water landscape plants instead of using treated water, saving water and energy. Additionally, Carmel residents who install a rain barrel can apply for a $50 per barrel rebate from the city’s stormwater department.
More information on Rain on Main and the rain barrel discount can be found at RainOnMain.com or Facebook.com/RainOnMain