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Chalk Walk draws children to Sykesville Fine Art & Wine Festival

Kamryn Blubaugh was determined to design something special for this year's Chalk Walk contest, part Sunday's fifth annual Sykesville Fine Art & Wine Festival.

"I won in my age category last year," said Kamryn, 9, of Sykesville. "I definitely wanted to do it again."

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The Chalk Walk was sponsored by Tutoring Art, a mobile art studio. This year's theme was "Chalk & Photography". Contestants created small tangible drawings that when photographed demonstrated the action they illustrated in front of Samsara Salon on Main Street.

"The contestants are judged by how creative the drawing is and how they pose," Vivian Davis, owner of Tutoring Art, said.

Karissa Schlauch, 12, and her 11-year-old brother Ryan worked carefully on a soccer ball. Then Caroline Riley, of My Three Little Birds Photography, photographed them kicking the ball after they completed their drawing.

"I'm trying to incorporate photography with these amazing ideas for chalk art," said Riley. "They make great interactive displays…they're great ideas for family photos or birth announcements."

Renee Hart, of Sykesville, encouraged her daughters Rosalie, 3, and Miranda, 6, to participate.

"It's fun for the kids," said Hart. "You never know what's in their imagination for that moment."

Shaun Austin helped his daughter Lola, 8, draw a flower.

"We just came here to meet up with friends and we saw the contest," said Austin. "It's just fun."

Davis said contestants would be separated by age category. Winners would be contacted after the event. They will receive gift certificates for local businesses or art classes at Tutoring Art.

"All the proceeds of this event go to Sykesville Main Street to fund more festivals," said Rose Topper, a Sykesville Main Street economic development member, adding, "It's a great way to promote our Main Street businesses."

Topper said over 2,500 people visited this year's festival. The event featured 12 wineries, a juried art show and live entertainment.

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