The annual Chalk Art Festival is June 8 in Richland.
The event drew 250 participants last year and several hundred spectators to the Uptown Shopping Center on George Washington Way, and organizers are expecting to exceed that number this year.
"This festival is great fun and filled with everything from stick people to amazing art," said Gus Sako, owner of Octopus' Garden.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. with judging of the chalk art designs at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.
Each contestant will get a 4-by-4-foot piece of sidewalk to create their design of choice.
Fees for each category are $5 for ages 9 and younger, $7 for ages 10 to 17 and $12 for ages 18 and older. Prizes range from cash awards to gift certificates. There is a $2 discount for everyone who pre-registers.
Forms are available at Amber Rose Consignment Boutique, Octopus' Garden, Sunken Treasures Video Games, and Aunt Franny's Toys, all in the Uptown Shopping Center.
"Having the Chalk Art Festival allows the merchants to thank the community for supporting them all year," said Lynne Bostic, owner of Amber Rose.
The most memorable chalk artists Bostic recalls from past festivals is the father who created a portrait of his new baby, and a precocious little girl intent on her work as she held a hot dog in one hand and chalk in the other.
"I think there was more chalk on her than she left on the sidewalk," Bostic said. "To me that is what chalk art is all about."
Participants are anywhere from 1 year old to 70 years old, she added.
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