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Splash on the Wabash barrels ready for auction

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2016

The annual Splash on the Wabash event Rain Barrel Auction is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, at 12 noon at the Forks of the Wabash. Ten extremely talented artists have transformed the barrels into spectacular works of art. These artists are donating their time and talent to paint designs on ten rain barrels. Opening bids will start at $50.

All rain barrels have spigots installed on them that attach to hoses. Harvesting rainwater is good stewardship practice for conserving and protecting clean water in the community. 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 cars. Rain barrels help to lower water bills, particularly in the summer months by collecting thousands of gallons of free water a year.

This year’s artists responsible for the artistic designs on the barrels are: Kids Kampus, Pathfinder Services-Creative Abilities, Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, Meghan McElhaney, Elyse Schuler, Ann Freds/Joellen Morris, Betty Wallace, Angela Ellsworth, Cassie Crider and Giggabuggy.

Anyone interested in purchasing a rain barrel will have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming silent auction that begins on Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m. All bidding will take place on the Splash on the Wabash Rain Barrel Auction page on Facebook. The bidding will officially end on Saturday, July 9 at 4 p.m. The link to the Rain Barrel Auction is https://facebook.com/splashonthewabashrainbarrel.

Those bidders who do not participate in Facebook will have the option to place bids by calling Debbie Dyer at (260) 341-6207 or (260) 356-8874 or Paula Whiting at (260) 578-6220. They will post bids on the Facebook Rain Barrel Auction Page for the barrel for which is bided on. You will receive a confirmation call or a text letting you know that your bid has been accepted or was lower than the current bid. Phone call bidders will need to provide their contact information on voice mail if no one is available if no one is available when you call.  Contact info required is: your full name and your phone or cell number. All bids must be in dollar increments. Winning bidders will be announced in the paper the week following the auction.

A sincere thank you to the sponsors of this year’s rain barrels: Bippus State Bank, C&M Engraving and Apparel, Dyer Health & Wellness, First Federal Savings Bank, Hickory Creek, Insurance Services, Mettler Insurance Services, Joseph Northrop, Novae Corporation, Pizza Junction, Teachers Credit Union, Wall Legal Services and Red Gold.

Winners of the bidding will need to pick up their barrel at 5 p.m. on July 9 at the Splash on the Wabash event site at the Forks of the Wabash. If you are unable to pick up at the event that day, you can do so Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16, between the hours of 9 and 5 at Lake City Bank, 1501 N. Jefferson Street. Cash or checks will be accepted. Checks should be made out to Forks of the Wabash.

All monies collected from the auction will go toward the Splash on the Wabash event. Any questions can be directed to Tina Bobilya at the Huntington County Visitor Center at (260) 359-8687 or (800) 848-4282. More information is available at www.splashonthewabash.com and the Splash on the Wabash Facebook page.

The 2016 Rain Barrel Auction Barrels were painted by the following talented artists. Top row from left were painted by Meghan McElhaney, Elyse Schuler, Betty Wallace, Angela Ellsworth, Kids Kampus. Bottom row from left are Giggabuggy-Ann Richard, Boys & Girls Club, Cassie Crider, Pathfinder Services-Creative Abilities and Ann Fred and Joellen Morris.