Annual Grafton Chalk Walk a success


GRAFTON—The annual Grafton Chalk Walk held by the Buffalo Flats Artists Association returned for its second year in downtown Grafton this past Saturday, filling Grafton’s sidewalks with colorful drawings. 

Buffalo Flats has Grafton High School students run the event every year under the guide of Breanna Collins. 

“It teaches them how to plan an event and gives them confidence in doing so. The seniors always pass it down to an underclassman to keep the event going so they are also teaching,” said Collins.

This year at the helm of the well-attended event were GHS seniors and sisters, Rachel and Emily Rock.  Collins and the Rock twins did another magnificent job of setting up the walk this second year.

The Rock twins made Grafton proud as they gave an enthusiastic interview to WBOY about the success of the event. 

Not only did the number of sold sidewalk squares grow this year, but the number of tables and events going on at Toad Hall did as well. 

Again, this year, the Grafton City Hospital set up a tent with free chalk and water as well as free freshly popped popcorn for the chalkers.   

The GHS Volleyball team set up a tent selling lemonade and the GHS Theatre Department, and the FBI also set up tables offering information and giveaways.

Many attendees took advantage of the chalk selfie station drawn on the wall at Toad Hall featuring wings, balloons and barbells. 

Author Cathryne Polling was also set up Espresso Yourself signing and selling the Mommy Dots book.

The annual exhibition featured over 50 sidewalk squares of different works of art drawn up and down Main Street.

“We have to thank the city and the shop owners downtown for being so supportive and helping us do this each year as well as the residents that come out and support the chalk walk”, said Collins.

Tom and Donna Hart, of Buffalo Flats Artist Association have hosted the event for the past two years in Espresso Yourself Coffee House. They and Collins spend a considerable amount of time on the event every year and are pleased to see it grow.      

The teens made $323 dollars at the chalk walk which they will donate to ArtStock and the piece of art that they paint there.

Last year, a piano was painted at ArtStock and put in Toad Hall. This year, corn hole boards will be painted to be used in Toad Hall.

While all of the art vibrantly displayed on the sidewalks was amazing, there were winners for six different categories. 

For the seven and under, age category Hali Wood was the winner, 8-12 year old category Kyah Klug was the winner, Ariana Mooney for 13-17, Hunter Neil for 18 and up, Casey Cox for People’s Choice and Norma Shay for Judge’s Choice. 

Come out and see the GHS students paint the corn hole boards at ArtStock happening at Hartland Lake Marie September 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

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