State Fair Rain Barrel Raffle Winner

To help encourage water conservation the Illinois EPA raffled off a decorated rain barrel made from recycled plastic during this year's fair. Entry forms were available at the Agency's exhibit in Conservation World. The entrant had to guess the number of soybeans in cube. Entry forms available at the exhibit were collected daily and the closest entry without going over was in the final drawing for the rain barrel.

"Rain barrels are an excellent way to conserve water at home. Not only can they help save you money when watering your garden, but it's a great way to teach children about conservation and the environment" said Director Lisa Bonnett of the Illinois EPA.

The number of actual soybeans was 3724.

The winner was Maya Coultas of Springfield.

The Illinois EPA's Employee Recognition Committee purchased the rain barrel that was raffled off. The barrel was beautifully designed and painted by Tonya Whitlow, an employee in the Bureau of Land at the Agency.