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Chalk Art Festival in Seneca Falls

The third 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 15th. 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. Artists are encouraged to envision and draw this year’s theme “Summer Fun in the Finger Lakes”. 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. “This is the third year the Seneca Falls Business Association has invited local students and artists to help raise funds for the House of Concern,” said Diane Draheim, The House of Concern Director and contest coordinator for the SFBA, “We had an excellent turnout last year and are hoping for an even greater number of participants and sidewalk art this year. This is a wonderful way to support the community and have 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 guest, Darwin is no stranger to the Finger Lakes music scene. A refreshingly original trio that hails from Geneva featuring Zach Schoonover on Guitar, Laura Black, vocals and Adam Fryer on drums 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, crafts, 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 15th, 10am – 3pm. For more information about the SFBA, email sfba@senecafalls.com

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