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A pair of environmentally conscious raccoons measure the amount of water their rain barrel could hold, if it was full.The barrel was among 26 decorated for a water conservation program coordinated by the City of Lawton’s stormwater management division, and all 26 will be on display at this weekend’s Arts For All Festival in Shepler Park.

Decorated rain barrels on display at festival

Some of this year's Arts For All's participants are combining environmental awareness with artistic skills, and residents might get to benefit.

The City of Lawton's stormwater management division has initiated another rain barrel project and enticed 26 people in the area to participate. Their challenge: Pick up a plastic rain barrel  free of charge  from the stormwater management division, give it your own special look, then return the decorated container to the city for display at the 2014 Arts for All Festival.

Environmental specialist Cynthia Williams said the stormwater management division will have 26 of those decorated barrels on display and available for purchase this weekend when Arts For All opens Friday in Shepler Park, Southwest 4th Street and A Avenue.

"This is an excellent combination of water conservation, storm water protection and artistic expression," Williams said of the residents who chose to participate in the program.

Participants were told that completed barrels would be displayed at Arts for All, accompanied by brochures that explain the benefits of rain barrels and information about the artists. The information on artists will be provided to anyone interested in buying a barrel, Williams said. Pictures of the decorated barrels also will be displayed on the City of Lawton website (

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