Ready? Set. Chalk!

The ninth annual Chalk.a.Lot art festival is ready to return to Two Harbors on Saturday. Due to COVID-19, the event will be smaller, but organizer Carrie Coan said it will still be a fun time.

"It's not quite the same as we've had it in the past, but we're definitely bigger than last year," Coan said. "But we'll still have our four featured artists creating awesome artwork near Thomas Owens Park."

Registration for squares begins at 8 a.m. near the park, Third Avenue and Waterfront Drive. Those interested in claiming a square to show off their artwork can either register online for $25 or register the same day for $30. Each participant will get a 5-by-6-foot sidewalk pad, a set of 48 soft pastels, latex gloves and sponges. Coan encouraged participants to bring other supplies they might need such as an image to draw to scale, sunscreen, water and knee pads.

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For those not interested in decorating a whole square, the festival is bringing back its free chalk space for anyone to draw in.

"Chalk is a pretty forgiving medium," Coan said. "It's not pretentious. It's temporary. It washes away. Anything goes with chalk. It's worth trying it out."

For those interested in mostly viewing artwork done by others, this year's festival will have four local featured artists creating bigger chalk pieces on the corners near the park: Lauri Olson-Hohman, Annmarie Geniusz, Melissa Cedars and Josh Clyde. The featured artists will also be interviewed by local radio station KTWH and have their interviews played over speakers at the event on Saturday.

Food will be available for purchase at a few local vendor booths around the park. More information about Chalk.a.Lot is available at twoharborsarts.com/chalk-a-lot.