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Bluegrass PRIDE’s annual rain barrel event follows unveiling of group’s new name, logo


Twenty painted rain barrels will be available during a silent auction at the annual Bluegrass PRIDE Rain Barrel Reception. (Photo from BG PRIDE)


Bluegrass PRIDE will host its 10th annual Kentucky American Water Rain Barrel Reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 21. The event will take place at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Lexington’s Cheapside Park, and, for the second year, will be a part of Gallery Hop.

In a VIP and media event preceding the reception, Bluegrass PRIDE will unveil its new name and logo, and officially launch its rebranding campaign.

“We are very happy to launch our new name and logo that will better reflect our mission. Over the past 12 years, Bluegrass PRIDE has become the source of green information in Central Kentucky.” said Amy Sohner, executive director of Bluegrass PRIDE. “We will continue to encourage people to take small steps that will make a positive impact in their local environment.”


Rain barrels up for bid have been painted by local artists. (Photo from BG PRIDE)

The Rain Barrel Reception will have live entertainment by Soul Funkin Dangerous and refreshments from Country Boy Brewery, Chrisman Mill Winery and Coke. In addition, PRIDE will raffle a barrel painted by local artist, Enrique Gonzalez. People can also participate in an exciting silent auction and bid on their favorite from 20 painted rain barrels during the reception. You can even purchase one and create your own masterpiece.

Painted by local artists, the barrels serve as a reminder of the importance of proper stormwater management and are seen by thousands of people throughout Central Kentucky, both in person and online. Pictures of each barrel are posted to PRIDE’s website, where visitors can cast a vote for their favorite and learn more about stormwater pollution. Once voting is completed, the artist who receives the most votes will win the Earth Artist Award.

“We are so excited about this year’s reception,” said Sohner. “With the support of great partners and artists, we have wonderful evening planned. We hope everyone can come join the fun.”

Bluegrass PRIDE is an environmental nonprofit organization that offers resources and educational information to foster positive environmental change in their communities. Founded in 2001, PRIDE provides outreach to schools, community groups, businesses, local government and the citizens in Central Kentucky.

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