Members of the Brazil Main Street, Inc., organization have been very busy in the past few months placing flower barrels along United States 40.
Through the help of donations from businesses along the road, the organization has managed to place 42 of 47 barrels that were used by an older main street organization.
The barrels had been housed at Craig Park. Many of them had to be cleaned and repaired.
"We placed all of them except for two in one evening (in May)," Main Street member Edie Richards told The Brazil Times.
She added two more businesses have donated to the cause and she will place them as soon as possible.
Cost to sponsor a barrel is $50. The organization purchased a dirt mix from Lynch's Garden.
She said petunias were planted in the barrels in addition to purple spikes.
Sponsors of the barrels, she said, were asked to water the plants as well, but Main Street members are also watering them. She said the organization also used a plant gel, placing it near the roots of the plants to help keep moisture in the pots.
"(The gel was used) in order to not water them on a regular basis," Richards said. "But I try to spot-check (the plants) on a regular basis. It's pretty low-maintenance."
While the organization has not added any additional sponsors for the barrels since its June meeting, Richards said she hopes to get more.
"We've had some people that said they were going to sponsor," she said, adding some barrels will be placed in front of the Clay County Courthouse along U.S. 40.
"I would like to actually have 75-100 if we can keep that price," she continued. "We wanted to keep (the price) low because of the economy. But we'll probably end up shooting for 75."
Richards said the organization will begin its 2011 sponsor push in February.
"If we have more interest, we'd actually like to start the campaign earlier next year," she said.
She said more barrels may be placed along State Road 59 in the future.
The project is a fundraiser to help improve the appearance of the downtown area.
"I think it helps clean up the town and makes it look nice," Richards said at the June Main Street, Inc., meeting.
She said the organization is also looking into purchasing waste receptacles in the future to possibly place on every other block along U.S. 40.