Delaware Agricultural Museum
Delaware Agricultural Museum

Rain Barrel Display at the DAMV

Twenty Rain Barrels, 10 decorated by local adult artists and 10 decorated by children will be on display from June 1st to July 19th at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village.



The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is sponsoring two contests (adult and children) to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve our waterways.


Local adult artists and children are challenged to creatively paint rain barrels.  DNREC chooses artists based on their applications and designs.  Once participants have been selected, they have five weeks to finish their painting

Both the adult and children rain barrel designs will be voted on by the public online at from MAY 30 – JUNE 8.  This is the only way people can vote for the finalists.     The top 5 finalists for each contest will be chosen by the online vote.  (Note:  No voting is done at the Museum; it is just a display.)

The Grand Prize Winner of the Adult Contest will be chosen by a professional judging panel from the 5 finalists.  The adult grand prize winner will then be displayed at the Governor’s Residence.  The non-winners will be displayed at public venues, used by nonprofit organizations and given as prizes for various contests.

The Grand Prize Winner of the Children’s Contest will be chosen by visitors at the State Fair and will be announced in a ceremony on Governor’s Day.  The non-winners will be displayed at public venues, used by nonprofit organizations and given as prizes for various contests.

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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 are also important for our environment because they help reduce water pollution by decreasing the amount of storm water runoff reaching our streams and rivers.  Think about it. The average rainfall of one inch within a 24-hour period can produce more than 700 gallons of water that run off a typical house!  While it’s running from our homes and lawns, this storm water picks up anything on the ground such as litter, excess fertilizer, pet waste, and motor oil and transports it to storm drains that DO NOT treat the water before dumping it directly into our waterways.  So rain barrels play an important role in protecting our water resources by collecting the storm water runoff from our homes before it reaches our local streams and rivers.

     Hours of Operation:

        Tuesday through Saturday

        10am to 3pm



        Adults: $6.00

        Seniors (65+): $4.00

        Students: $4.00*

        Military: $5.00*

        Youth: (4-17) $3.00

        Children under 3: Free

        Groups of 10+: $5.00 or less

        *With Valid ID

     Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village

      866 N. DuPont Highway

      Dover, DE 19901

      Phone:  (302) 734-1618




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