Sidewalk Chalk Competition
Join the competition on Saturday, July 23rd.
Registration is FREE! Registration will be open until 10 a.m. on the day of the event. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
Rules and Information
Participants should bring their own chalk, brushes and/or water. All chalk must be water-based.
Artists will pick their own spaces on a first-come, first-served basis during check-in at 9:30 a.m.
Artists will first line up at the registration tent and check-in. At check-in, artists will be asked to
provide the number of the space they wish to work in. Some spaces may have cracks or texture
Check-In and Registration
Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. directly beneath the Coffee County Courthouse clocktower. All
participants must check-in prior to the start. Any artist failing to check-in by 10:00 a.m. will forfeit
The People’s Choice Award winners must be present to claim his/her prize at 3:00 p.m.
Drawings must remain within the artist’s designated space. Drawing on buildings, trees, or any other surface are strictly prohibited. This is a family event. Artwork containing nudity, profanity or content deemed inappropriate by the festival committee will be removed and the artist will be disqualified from the contest. The use of flammable or offensive odors may not be used. Failure to comply by these rules or guidelines may be grounds for dismissal.
Thing You Can Bring
- Blankets or chairs, knee pads to stay comfortable while you draw
- Sunscreen and hat
- Sketches or inspiration pieces to guide your chalk design (but final chalk designs must be free-hand drawn)
- Plastic to cover artwork in the event of rain
- Snacks and drinks
Tips for Artists
-Use chalk sparingly. Build up your layers, starting with a very light layer on the bottom. Some artists prefer to lay all of their undertones down first. Some prefer to work top to bottom. We recommend outlining all of your major elements first.
- A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color. Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best. Creating a chalk-paint by crushing chalk into water and using a paintbrush is also helpful when filling large areas.
- If you’re a first-timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your artwork - a face, a frog, etc. Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface, so think BIG and DRAMATIC.
- The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become, so practice on the driveway at home.