Chalk Contest

Annual Chalk Art Contest

Our Annual Chalk Art Contest Dated Saturday, July 27, 2024 at Palmer Auto (222 S Main St. Chelsea MI  48118) parking lot.

Registered participants of all abilities and ages will transform concrete into vibrant colors and works of art with the chance to win prizes. RAIN DATE: July 28, 2024.

All 5’x5’ spaces are FREE and can be worked on by 1-4 artists. Each registered space is eligible for prizes. The winner of the 2024 Best in Show category will be given the opportunity to become a Featured Artist during the 2025 Sounds & Sights Festival.

All children 2.5’x2.5’ spaces are FREE. Children must register to be eligible for the Best Children’s Piece Prizes. Spectators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of work in the People’s Choice Category * The categories and prizes are:

Best in Show: $350

People’s Choice Award: $200*

Best Art Reproduction: $100

Best Original Piece: $100

Best Use of Color: $100

Best Teen Piece: $100 & $50

Best Children’s Piece: $50 & $25

PLEASE NOTE: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by July 22, 2024 to be eligible for prizes. There will be a very limited number of open spaces available the day of the contest.  Spaces forfeited by no-shows will be available at 10am the morning of the contest and will be eligible for prizes.

There is a contest rain date of Sunday, July 28, 2024.

Artists are responsible for their own supplies and chalk.

For more information, please contact the Sounds & Sights Chalk Art Committee Head –  Brenda Fineman at or call 734-475-1145.



Read the Rules & Complete the Form Below to Register:

Event Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024  |  8am – 4pm

Rain Date: Sunday, July 28, 2024

Artists: 5’x5′ Spaces can be created by one or more artists (limit 4).  | Free Children 2.5’x2.5′ spaces must be created by 1 artist (0-12 yrs. old).

Material Restrictions: Participants may bring their own chalk, brushes or water. All chalk must be water-based. Water based chalk paints are permissible. ONLY artist made templates are permissible.

Space Assignment:  Artists will pick their own 5’x5’ spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis during check-in.  At check-in, artists will be asked to provide the number of the space they wish to work in. Some spaces may have cracks or texture variations. All Children spaces are 2.5’x2.5’.

Check-In and Registration: Check-in will begin at 7 a.m.  Artists may prep their spaces as early as 7a.m. but cannot begin chalking until 8am. Any artist failing to check-in by 10am will forfeit their space.

Prizes: Award winners must be present to claim his/her prize at 4:15 p.m.

Additional Rules:

  • Drawings must remain within the designated square area. Drawings on buildings, trees, or any other surface are strictly prohibited.
  • ONLY artist made templates are permissible.
  • This is a family event. Artwork containing nudity, profanity, or content deemed inappropriate by the festival committee will be removed and the artist will be disqualified from the contest.
  • If an artist promotes that any prize money will be donated to a non-profit or special cause, the prize check will be made out to promoted non-profit or cause.
  • The use of flammable or offensive odors may not be used.

Failure to comply by these rules or guidelines may be grounds for dismissal.

Things You Can Bring:

  • Blankets or chair, knee pads to stay comfy while you draw
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Sketches or inspiration pieces to guide your chalk design
  • Plastic to cover artwork during possible rain
  • Water and snacks


  • Use chalk sparingly. Build up your layers, starting with a very light layer on the bottom.
  • Some artist prefer to lay all of their undertones first. Some prefer to work top to bottom. We recommend outlining all of your major elements first.
  • A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color. Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best.
  • Creating a chalk-paint by crushing chalk into water and using a paint brush is also helpful when filling large areas.
  • If you’re a first-timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your artwork – a face, a frog, etc. Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface — so think BIG & DRAMATIC.
  • The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more comfortable you will become. So practice on the driveway at home.

Chalk Art Contest Registration

How many Adult (13 yrs +) 5'x5' pavement spaces would you like to reserve?
Type NONE if n/a.
How Many Child (12 yr or younger) 2.5'x2.5' pavement spaces would you like to reserve?
Type NONE if n/a.
Registrant's Name:(Required)
Who should we contact if we need to update you about the event?
Who should we contact if we need to update you about the event?
PLEASE READ AND THEN TYPE YOUR NAME TO AGREE TO TERMS: By submitting my name on this form, I hereby release and hold harmless Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, any staff, representative and or agents from all liabilities, mishaps, or losses to any personal or corporate affects that may befall me or my child during this festival or as a result of any activity that may arise under the event. Additionally, I hereby give permission for images captured during Sounds and Sights events through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used for the purposes of Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce promotional material and publications, and waive any rights of compensation or ownership thereto. I also authorize the right to use my/our names, pictures, portraits, videos or photographs on any or all Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce web sites and press releases. I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understand the above statement and will abide by the rules of the contest.