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Forest Grove celebrates the return of Corn Roast and Chalk Art festivals, set for Sept. 21.

FILE PHOTO - The 29th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, returns to town, where artists can buy a concrete space for a day to make their own designs.  Two festivals, one weekend.

Forest Grove's annual Corn Roast and Fall Festival, along with the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, returns to western Washington County on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The free 54th annual Corn Roast and Fall Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. at 21st Avenue and College Way, and ends at 5 p.m.

There will be a corn roast, barbecue, art vendors and carnival games, as a well as a quilting display and obstacle course for children.

Live music will be featured throughout the day provided by the Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters and bands Trask River Redemption and Straw Boss.

The Forest Grove News-Times will present the winners of the annual "Hometown Heroes" award at the festival. This award honors local community members for their service in Forest Grove.

This year, Cornelius city manager Rob Drake, Banks Fire District chaplain Mike Durham, and volunteer Rebecca Moore will be handed the titles.

FILE PHOTO - The 54th annual Corn Roast and Fall Festival celebrates the areas agricultural history and promises carnival games and more. That same day, the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, hosted by the Valley Art Association, will bring color to city sidewalks throughout downtown.

Art aficionados will try their hand at creating works with chalk. If interested, preregister for the event from 5-8 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Valley Art Gallery, 2022 Main St., in Forest Grove.

Participants will be given a square of sidewalk and a tray of chalk.

Proceeds from the chalk art festival go toward scholarships for Forest Grove High School students intending to pursue art studies in higher education.

Not feeling artistic? Anyone is welcome to watch. The festival runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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