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July 5, 2013

Middlebury Riverfest to feature custom-painted rain barrels

MIDDLEBURY — The fourth annual Middlebury Riverfest, the celebration of fresh water for Middlebury, will feature an artistic way to conserve water.

Five custom-painted rain barrels will be auctioned off to promote the wise use of water, while providing beauty to a landscape. The rain barrels can be seen at Middlebury Third Fridays and the Middlebury Summer Festival under the Middlebury Parks booth at Memorial Park Aug. 9 and 10. These barrels are being auctioned through a silent bid auction which will end during the Riverfest on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.

Rain barrels collect rain water after a storm and save it for a dry day. Rain barrels are most often connected to a downspout of a gutter system from a house or building. These barrels have all of the necessary attachments to be functional, and just need to be connected to a downspout.

Guggisberg Deutsch Kase Haus donated the raw barrels, which were sanded and primed by Middlebury park staff. The art work on the barrels were then painted by students from third-grade classes at Middlebury and Orchardview Elementary, and Northridge High School. Finally Bill’s Collision Service applied a professional clear coat for durability.

With the downspout conversion kit, paint and clear coat, these barrels are valued at more than $85.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Middlebury Riverfest planning committee and the Middlebury Parks public programming fund.

The Riverfest celebration is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at Middlebury’s Riverbend Park. There is no charge to attend Riverfest.

Contact the Middlebury Park Department for more information at 825-3283

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