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The 32nd annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival returns to Forest Grove from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

FILE PHOTO - Children work on their square during the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival in 2019.The rain will be here soon, but first, chalk.

The 32nd annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival is coming to downtown Forest Grove from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. It coincides with the annual Corn Roast on the neighboring campus of Pacific University.

"When we're kids, we all used chalk for hopscotch. Attending my first festival in '96 is my earliest memory of chalk art," said Kat Moss, one of six featured artists adding a professional touch to the collage of original works at the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

"It's really interesting seeing what people create," Moss added. "It's one of those all-family activities. I remember my first time going and seeing featured artists and feeling inspired. It's a nice community moment to be creative, but individually."

Moss said she is planning some "whimsical animals" for her square. Nonprofit Valley Art Association, which has gallery and classroom space on Main Street and organizes the festival, expects around 600 artists will be drawing to help brighten up the city.

"It is so popular, we get requests from communities all over the state asking us how we do it," Valley Art director Linda Allen said. "Of course, it's open to every skill level and age."

The festival will be accompanied by live music and balloon animals. Participants can register ahead of time from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Valley Art Gallery, 2022 Main St., or at the festival.

Numbered squares for chalk art cost $14 and come with 24 pieces of colored chalk.

Proceeds help Valley Art provide scholarships for students to take classes at the nonprofit's studios as well as high school students pursuing art school.

"It brings the community together," festival co-chair Allie Losli said. "We have lots of volunteers helping out and local businesses sponsoring us. It's a lot of folks who want to be part of giving people a chance to really enjoy doing something creative."

The Chalk Art Festival isn't the only nor only party in Forest Grove this weekend, as the 58th annual Corn Roast on the Pacific University campus is back from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at 10 a.m.

Organizers say some 3,000 ears of corn will be roasted, and hot dogs and burgers will be for sale.

Bilingual ensemble the Acaracruz Band will play from 2:15 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday will feature a pet parade and a bike parade for kids.


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