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Rain on Main barrels Return

Post Date:08/09/2019 8:00 AM

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City of Carmel
Carmel Arts & Design District


Date:                August 9, 2019
Contact:          Nancy Heck (317) 571-2494
Release:          Immediate

Rain on Main barrels, return to Main Street

CARMEL, IN – Rain on Main, a popular painted rain barrel contest and auction is now underway along Main Street in Carmel’s Arts & Design District.  The event kicks off with a display of the decorated rain barrels along Main Street.  The barrels are moved to the Carmel Farmers Market on Saturday, August 17 and will be displayed along the center walk of the market. Information tents by the event organizers City of Carmel Utilities, Carmel Department of Storm Water Management and Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District will also be at the Farmers Market on Saturday.

The barrel designs will be judged by an independent panel for first, second and third place.  There will also be a “People’s Choice” award based on individual barrel “likes” on the Rain on Main Facebook page.  The barrels will be auctioned off via an online silent auction that will end at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 17. Net proceeds from the auction will fund water education signage in Carmel Clay Parks. 

Information about the event and auction can be found on The Rain on Main event is made possible due to the sponsorship of V3 Companies; various businesses who are individual barrel sponsors; in-kind support from Touch’N Go Collision, Sherwin-Williams Range Line Road, Sherwin Williams Automotive and White’s Ace Hardware.  

Carmel residents may be eligible for a cost share rebate of $50 to $75 per barrel by the Department of Storm Water Management.  More information about the rebate can be found at the Farmers Market event August 17 and at

Rain Barrels continue to grow in popularity across the country and beautifully painted rain barrels increase their desirability and encourage water conservation by the use of recycled rainwater. Rain barrels sit under gutter down spouts to collect and store rainwater from roofs that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains, streams and rivers.  The collected water can then be used to water plants in the landscape instead of using treated water which saves water and energy.

For more information on rain barrels contact Sue Maki, Carmel Utilities at (317) 571-2673 or


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