GAINESVILLE - East Hall Middle School and Gainesville High School took top awards in the 4th Annual Rain Barrel contest sponsored by Gainesville Public Utilities.
The barrels were on display for several weeks at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center where visitors could vote in person. On-line voting was also available.
Gainesville Water Conservation Specialist Jennifer Flowers said the entries were better than ever.
"Seven judges and 846 on-line/in person votes created scores that were extremely close. We were very impressed with the detail of each rain barrel and the commitment to the theme 'Protecting Our Waters.'"
All the barrels will be featured in the Chicken City Parade this Saturday, beginning at 11:00 on the Gainesville square.
The winners are:
1st: East Hall Middle School
2nd: Gainesville Middle School
3rd: Tie- Chestatee Academy and West Hall Middle School
People's Choice Award: Gainesville Middle School
1st: Gainesville High School
2nd: Chestatee High School
3rd: Johnson High School
People's Choice Award: Gainesville High School