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Rain Barrels are not new, but are making a come back. Up until the 60’s many homes used methods of collecting rainwater, such as open barrels and cisterns. Many rural homes may still use some method of collecting rainwater today. However, in the urban areas, the development of municipal water systems and health concerns caused the collection of rain water a thing of the past. But, with many municipal water systems reaching or nearing their capacity and the increased cost of municipal water, Rain Barrels are being revived as a method of collecting and storing rainwater to be used to water plants and for other uses. Rain Barrels also prevent contaminants from being carried into our streams, rivers, and lakes which could lower the water quality.

2016 Rain Barrel Decorating Contest


The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is once again sponsoring a Rain Barrel Decorating Contest at the Home Show on Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th. Thirty-three Rain Barrels have been entered in this year’s contest.  All Rain Barrels will be on display at the Greater Findlay Home on March 5-6.  Plan to stop at the Findlay Mall and vote for your favorite Rain Barrel.  All judging will occur on Saturday with the winners announced on March 6th at 1:00 p.m.

All unsponsored Barrels will be for sale by silent auction during the Home Show.  Come and bid on one for your own home or business!

The following schools have entered Rain Barrels:

  • Arcadia – Art Department: 3 rain barrels
  • Arlington – Science Department…2 rain barrels
  • Columbus Grove – Science Department…2 rain barrels
  • Continental – Art Department…1 rain barrel
  • Findlay – Art Department…3 rain barrels
  • Hardin Northern – Art Department…4 rain barrels
  • Leipsic – Science Department…4 rain barrels
  • Liberty-Benton – FFA…1 rain barrel; Art Department…1 rain barrel
  • McComb – FFA…3 rain barrels, Art Department…2 rain barrels
  • Riverdale – Art Department…1 rain barrel
  • Van Buren – Art Department…3 rain barrels; Science Department…3 rain barrels

2015 Rain Barrel Decorating Contest

The 2015 entries for the Rain Barrel decorating contest were on display at the Findlay Village Mall from Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2015. Here are a few photos of the barrels.  Thank you to our sponsors who allow this contest to happen every year. If would like to sponsor a barrel, or  your school wants to participate in next year’s contest please contact us for details .

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Here is some other literature to learn more about rain barrels:

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Find information about sizing a rain barrel, how to build it, install it and maintain it. There’s even directions for painting the barrel and for connecting two or more barrels together.

Building a Rain Barrel

These are the specifics for how we build the rain barrels used in the high school decorating contest

Rain Barrel Report:

Information prepared by the BRWP and published in 5 parts by the Lima News. Click on the image to bring up a downloadable PDF of the page.

The Rain Barrel Report

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