2014 Rain Barrel Contest

A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores the water from roofs and downspouts for future uses such as watering lawns, gardens, and house plants; cleaning off gardening tools; and washing your car. Rain barrels help to lower your water bills, particularly in the summer months by collecting thousands of gallons of free water a year that you don’t have to buy!

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are sponsoring two contests in which local artists and children compete to design and paint the best rain barrel.  This contest highlights the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality.

Selected local artists and children’s groups were invited based on their applications to paint creative designs on a rain barrel that are then displayed throughout the state to spread the benefits of their use.

Adult Division


During the month of April, the 11 finalist barrels were on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, through May 16, 2014. The grand prize winner will be displayed at the Governor’s Residence, Woodburn, in Dover after the Delaware State Fair in July. Click on the link below to see who won and where all the other rain barrels will be placed the end of May.

See the winning rain barrels in the adult division

Children’s Division

Area children also got involved, creating their own masterpieces using the medium of rain barrels! Thank you for casting your vote for your favorite rain barrels, check our our 5 finalists whose barrels will be displayed at the Delaware State Fair. Visitors to the Fair will choose the grand prize winner.

 See all the rain barrels and check out the winner!

Press Release, January 14, 2014