Sidewalk Chalk Art Fest coming to Seneca Falls

The second annual Sidewalk Chalk Art contest benefitting The House of Concern food pantry and the Community Garden will take place during the Seneca Falls Business Association’s Small Business Saturday Sidewalk Festival scheduled for Saturday June 16th. Once again, participants of all ages are encouraged to try their hand at creating works of art using chalk and soft pastels. Participants will be divided into 4 categories: Adult, High School, Middle School and Elementary. This year’s theme is “Garden Fantasy”. Artists are encouraged to envision and draw what they would like the community garden to look like in the future. The Sidewalk Chalk Art creations can be done individually or as a team effort. Contestants will have two hours to complete their art, from 11am – 1:00 with judging by the public from 1pm -1:30pm for the People’s Choice prize, and by a panel of judges between 1:30pm – 2:00pm. The public is invited to vote for their favorites by purchasing vote tokens and may vote as many times as they wish. The proceeds of the contest will help local families in need, receive fresh locally grown produce from the Seneca Falls Community Garden. The winners in all categories will be announced at 2pm. “We had a nice turnout last year and are hoping for an even greater number of participants and sidewalk art this year, ” said Diane Draheim, The House of Concern Director and contest coordinator for the SFBA, “this is a wonderful way to support the community and have some fun while doing it!”Registration for participants is $3, or a bag of food items donated for The House of Concern pantry. Registration forms can be picked up in advance at Downtown Deli, Sinicropi Florist, WomanMade Products and at The House of Concern in Seneca Falls. Registration will also take place on the day of the event from 10am – 11am. Although some chalk sets will be available for purchase at the event, participants should bring their own chalk if possible.Musical entertainment provided by Miller’s Wheel playing an assortment of Ol’ Thyme, Celtic, Ragtime and Bluegrass tunes will take place from 12-3pm.Shop, Tour, Eat is the theme of the day. In addition to sidewalk sales offered by local businesses shoppers may purchase plants, jewelry, books, baseball cards and comics, music memorabilia and much more from visiting artisans and vendors. Sidewalk cookouts by Fall St. restaurants, free admission to museums, and of course free balloons and popcorn, will add to the festive atmosphere.Small Business Saturday Sidewalk Festival will take place on June 16th, 10am – 3pm. For more information about the SFBA, email sfba@senecafalls.com

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