Our rain barrel winners this year are as follows:  Stephanie Giles, Donna McGuire, Marie Agan, Gary Tilder, and Susan Montero.  Congratulations!

Lucky winners, your rain barrels will be ready to go to their new homes at 6:30 pm next Thursday. Please stop by next week’s Milton Farmers’ Market to pick up your rain barrel.

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Connecting the Drops is an art and education exhibit about water conservation featuring rain barrels adorned by talented local artists. We install the barrels in Vermont towns in the summer and give people the chance to win the works of art to collect roof runoff at homes around the state.

The fourth year of the Connecting the Drops Rain Barrel Exhibit is right around the corner! Funded by the Chittenden County Stream Team, the rain barrels will be exhibited at the Milton Farmer’s Market adjacent to the Hannaford Plaza in Milton, VT from June 9th to July 7th. Five lucky winners will get to take home a uniquely painted rain barrel.

Those who visit the display will also get a chance to read the Kids VT Stormwater Story – an illustrated tale about stormwater and what each of us can do to mitigate its impact.

Interested in making your own rain barrel? Chittenden County Stream Team will host a “Build Your Own Rain Barrel” workshop at the Town of Milton’s FREEDOM FEST on Saturday, June 25th at 3 pm. For more details, visit www.ccstreamteam.org or email holly@winooskinrcd.org to register for this event!

Some relics of past Connecting the Drops exhibits can still be seen around Chittenden County. Arcana Gardens and Greenhouses in Jericho bought one of the barrels to collect water from a greenhouse roof, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center installed outdoor signage explaining the rain gardens on their lakeside pavilion, and Seven Days and Kids VT created a video game all about stormwater.