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Brighten Up the Valley With Chalkfest

kids, families can bring color to the concrete through July 18 with this year’s virtual Chalkfest

The entire Chippewa Valley is your canvas at this year’s virtual Chalkfest! Get creative, think outside the box, and get some pals involved to concoct your captivating chalk creations.

To get involved in Chalkfest – which is co-presented by Markquart Toyota – you can register online at at any time. Then take as much time as you want to draw – and create your art wherever you’d like – and submit your artwork by July 18. 

The online gallery will open for viewing and voting from July 22 to Aug. 1, with final winners announced Aug. 5.

the Chalkfest and Volume One social media pages will share videos and photos of art in progress for the community to check out. Want to submit your photos? Tag @VolumeOne on Facebook and Instagram.

ART IN PROGRESS. An in-person Chalkfest will return to the UW-Eau Claire campus in the summer of 2022. (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)
ART IN PROGRESS. An in-person Chalkfest will return to the UW-Eau Claire campus in the summer of 2022. (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)

Registration costs just $5 and is open to anyone in Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Dunn counties. Register in one of the following categories: individual adult (18+), group adult (18+), individual child (three age brackets), group child (four age brackets), and family (mixed group of children and adults).

If you need some inspiration, check out this gallery of the 2020 Chalkfest winners.

You can use any kind of chalk, but true chalk pastels usually give artists a better result. We recommend the Koss Artist Soft Pastels, which you can purchase from  Volume One and The Local Store in a 48 pack, 24 pack, 12 pack, and/or packs of three black and three white. Need more of one specific color? No problem! Individual pastels will be sold for 50 cents each.

Check the weather forecast to be sure your creations aren’t destroyed by pesky rain and thunderstorms, lather up with sunscreen, and be cognizant of people who might like to walk on the sidewalk. Be courteous and polite. We’re all here just to have fun!

A big thanks goes out to the sponsors who make Chalkfest possible, including co-presenting sponsor Markquart Toyota and supporting sponsors Festival Foods, Xcel Energy, Kristo Orthodontics, Smiles in Motion Pediatric Dentistry, jamf, and the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

For more details – and tips on making the best chalk creation – visit

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