2014 rain barrel 002To help encourage water conservation the Illinois EPA raffled off a decorated rain barrel made from recycled plastic during this year's State Fair. Entry forms were available at the Agency's exhibit in Conservation World. The entrant had to guess the number of marbles in a container. 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 is a great way to teach children about conservation and the environment," said Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett.

The number of actual marbles was 1,234. The winner was Jeff Clatfelter of Sherman (pictured).

The Illinois EPA's Employee Recognition Committee purchased the rain barrel that was raffled off. The barrel was painted by Sarah Seelbach an employee at the Agency.