Rain on Main, a painted rain barrel contest presented by Carmel Utilities, Carmel Dept. of Stormwater Management and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, is returning to the Carmel Arts & Design District and will debut Aug. 8 at the Meet me on Main event. The barrels will remain on Main Street through the following week, where they will be easy for everyone to enjoy while practicing physical distancing.
On Aug. 15, the barrels will be relocated to the Carmel Farmers Market, where they will be auctioned off to the highest bidders via an online silent auction. Unlike previous years, water information tents will not be present to reduce physical gatherings. The barrels will be spread out across a wider area to allow for safe viewing.
The electronic silent auction opens at noon Aug. 7 and will conclude at 11 a.m. Aug. 15. Individuals can register for the auction by texting RAIN to 88793. Net proceeds from the auction will be used to fund water education signage in Carmel Clay Parks, some of which have been installed in Founders Park at 116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway. The barrels will be judged by artists but there also will be a People’s Choice selection based on votes from the public via Facebook likes on the Rain on Main page. Voting takes place from noon Aug. 7 until noon Aug.14.
Rain on Main is possible through sponsorship by Greenscape Geeks, a landscape architecture and landscaping company that specializes in sustainable and eco-friendly landscape design, installation and maintenance. The event also is supported by Carmel businesses Touch’N Go Collision, White’s Ace Hardware and Sherwin-Williams Automotive