Bluegrass PRIDE to Auction Rain Barrels, Rebrand

Jun 19, 2013

LEXINGTON,KY--Bluegrass PRIDE is hosting its tenth-annual Rain Barrel Reception this Friday in Cheapside Park. 

The event, which is part of this week's downtown Gallery Hop, will exhibit 20 different painted barrels that have been displayed around Central Kentucky in April and May.  Attendees will be able to bid on these barrels in a silent auction or buy a blank one to paint themselves.  There will also be a raffle for a special barrel, Zenyatta, which was painted by local artist Enrique Gonzalez.  

Rain barrels are three-foot containers designed to be attached to a household downspout.  At the bottom is a hole where a hose can be attached.  

“By holding 55 gallons of water until it can soak back into the ground, you’re keeping that water from carrying pollutants into our nearby streams," said Amy Sohner, Bluegrass PRIDE's executive director. 

Bluegrass PRIDE will also be unveiling a new name and logo as part of an organization-wide rebranding campaign.  Sohner says the move was prompted by a desire for greater public recognition. 

"If you know who Bluegrass PRIDE is, that’s great, but if you don’t, the name itself does not invoke anything about what we do." Sohner said.  

The 10th Annual Rain Barrel Reception runs from 5-8PM in Lexington's Cheapside Park.