The only sidewalk chalk event along the North Shore will take place over two days in August along Waterfront Drive between Second and Third avenues.
Chalk-o-lot begins Friday, Aug. 10 with sidewalk drawing technique and tips. Mort McBain, a volunteer at the Wausau, Wis. annual Chalkfest that brings in close to 500 people, will be on site to lend his expertise. The lessons will be from 2-5 p.m. and are free.
The lessons will be followed by a concert from Irish pub band Ninety to the Dozen in Thomas Owens Park at 7 p.m.
Early registration for the Saturday competition the next day is at Two Harbors City Hall. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants will pay $15 and receive a reserved sidewalk space, a 48-pack of colored chalk, latex gloves, sponges for blending and a t-shirt.
Participants must be 12 or older or accompanied by an adult.
Younger participants will be able to participate in the “some bodies in the street” portion of the event. In an area designated just for them, kids can draw their own chalk outline and create their own art. There is no registration fee for kids and the first 100 to show up will get a free box of chalk.
The day will wrap up at 6 p.m. with an awards ceremony and reception at Waterfront Gallery. At dusk, Thomas Owens Park will host a showing of the movie Chocolat.
The Pub will offer $5 brats and burgers both days and on Saturday chocolate treats and other food will be available in the park. The chalking will be complemented by face-painting, temporary tattoos, caricatures and clowns.
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