Post Auction Update 06/08/13
The 2013 barrel Auction was a huge success! Auction sales totaled $9,950. The ERRA would like to thank everyone for their help including M.C. Paul Steury and Auctioneer Sam Miller of J&S Auctions (574-642-0444)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Dec. 12, 2012
Contact: David Troup, President
Elkhart River Restoration Association
ERRA Seeking Rain Barrel Artists
The Elkhart River Restoration Association (ERRA) is seeking artists who would like to create rain barrels
for their fifth annual rain barrel auction to be held during the Elkhart River Watershed Celebration, which is
scheduled for Goshen’s June First Friday Event on June 7, 2013. Twelve barrels will be auctioned to
support local artists; raise awareness of improving water quality in the Elkhart River Watershed; and to
support activities of ERRA, including stocking walleye in the Elkhart River both up and downstream of the
Goshen Dam Pond. The auction will be held on the main stage on the Courthouse Lawn at approximately
6:30 PM. An alternate location will be announced in case of bad weather. One-half of the proceeds for
each barrel will be given to the artist.
Because so many artists have expressed an interest in creating barrels, the ERRA Board has selected a
committee to jury applicants to create the barrels for the 2013 auction. Artists interested in submitting
proposals should obtain an application at the ERRA website: www.elkhartriver.org, or they can also be
picked up at the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District Office on the 4-H Fairgrounds in
Goshen during regular business hours. The deadline to apply is January 18, 2013 and applications should
be mailed to: Rain Barrel Application, c/o Elkhart River Restoration Association, Inc. 305 Carter Rd.
Goshen, IN 46526. Artists selected will be notified by January 29, 2013; barrels are to be picked up in
Goshen on February 2, 2013; and must be delivered by the artist to Maple City Collision for clear coating
according to schedule, late March through April 22, 2013. Barrels will be displayed at sponsors businesses
before the auction.
Rain Barrels help homeowners reduce the amount of stormwater runoff from their property. Every gallon of
water that is saved in a rain barrel to water plants at a later date is a gallon of water that does not rush to a
storm drain, river, or stream during or immediately following a storm. Reducing stormwater runoff helps to
reduce the number of pollutants in our river and streams, and also helps to reduce flooding. The gradual
infiltration of water into the ground also recharges our groundwater supply – which supplies all drinking
water in our area.