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Poland ready to chalk it up

June 27, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Town One Streetscapes has 100 sets of sidewalk chalk in storage, ready for this weekend's Chalk It Up Poland contest. The contest will begin early Saturday morning with judging starting around 10:30 a.m.

"It is open to all ages," said event co-chair Jim Comport. "You can select themes like movies, cartoons, etc."

He said there are several different categories and awards will be given in each in each of five groups that include elementary school age, middle school, high school, adult and family.

"The first 100 to register on Saturday will be given a free box of chalks," Comport said.

The boxes are the basic sidewalk chalk colors, but some choose to bring their own. He said there are artists who prefer a wider selection of colors and as long as they are non-permanent, they are welcome to do so. They can also bring brushes or chalkboard erasers to use for color blending.

The canvas will be the concrete sidewalk around Village Hall. Each person who enters the contest will be given one sidewalk square in which to create their masterpiece. Registration will open at 9 a.m. and judging will begin at 10:30 a.m. even though some may still be finishing up their design.

For judges, Comport and co-chair Marcy Black have brought in Jessica and Terry Wittenauer. The third judge is Rachel Murray, an art teacher from South Range. A back-up judge has been selected and is a person with a degree in art.

One big plus this year is the use of a computer program. Comport said it will make the final tally easier and will name the winners quicker. That will be a plus since the popular Poland Idol Contest has been moved up to noon. Last year, it was at 1 p.m. The computer should make it easier to get the list of winners read at 11:45 a.m. before the Idol contest starts.

"I am glad we will have the computer to speed things up," Comport said.

Comport said only entrants registered before 10:30 a.m. will be eligible for judging. After 10:30, sidewalk artists can still do a sidewalk art piece, but won't be judged.

Winners in each age group and each theme in that age group will receive a blue ribbon. They will have to take a photo of their creation as the first good rain will wash it away. As far as rain, Comport is hoping for clear skies. He said due to the nature of the contest, there will be no rain date.

The Celebrate Poland weekend will begin on Friday with the annual Fireman's Parade followed by a Battle of the Bands in the field behind Village Hall. The fireworks show will be moved to Saturday evening this year.

Greg Morrison, Celebrate Poland chair, said "We believe that holding the fireworks at the end of the celebration will be a fitting end to the many activities that have come to make the weekend so special."



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