Downtown Grocery to move back to Third Street two years after fire

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By:  Laura Schulte with Wausau Daily Herald

Kevin Korpela, Megan Curtes Korpela and the employees of Downtown Grocery this weekend will begin to fill the shelves of their newly renovated downtown store. 

It's been two years since a fire ripped through the organic grocery store's location at 607 N. Third St. and more than a year since the business undertook an ambitious renovation project to remake the gutted store. In the interim, Downtown Grocery opened a temporary location in the food court at Wausau Center mall. That store in the mall closed Wednesday to begin their transition back to their own building.

The move will likely take three days to complete, Korpela said. Then the business will need a bit of time to get organized and start to fill the empty spaces on the shelves with new products.

The Korpelas expect the store to be open by the end of August, just shy of the September 2015 anniversary of the fire that forced the business out of the two-story brick building. A teenager threw a cigarette into a cardboard dumpster behind the building, starting the fire and forcing not only Downtown Grocery from the building, but also Evolve Fitness and Sweets on 3rd as well. 

A view from the new loft within the Downtown Grocery building shows views into a new kitchen and a more open floor plan. (Photo: Laura Schulte/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Today, only the outer brick shell of the building remains. The rest has been converted into a totally new space inside. That space will allow for an expanded inventory and new seating including on a balcony, Megan Curtes Korpela said. 

"It will be a great spot for people to have a gathering," she said of the cozy second-floor loft. 

Kevin Korpela and Megan Curtes Korpela expect their store's inventory to increase as much as 50 percent in some departments, thanks to the additional space within the new building. 

"We're excited to be back in our old home, our old neighborhood and in our old building," Kevin Korpela said. "But at the same time, it's essentially a brand new building." 

The Korpelas plan to host an official grand opening celebration in October or November after they've had a chance to bring in new inventory and get input from customers on new items they want to see on the shelves.

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Downtown Grocery begins transitioning back to former location Downtown Grocery begins moving back to original location

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By:  Kevin Carr with WSAW

An iconic grocery is store is moving back to its Third Street location after a fire forced it to relocate nearly two years ago.

Downtown Grocery owners Megan and Kevin Korpela said after their store was heavily damaged from that fire in September 2015, they knew almost right away they had to do all they could to preserve the historic building.

"Just wanted to reassure customers and the community and our staff that we're gonna do all that we can to return to our old home,” Kevin Korpela said.

Fast forward nearly two years, and after significant reconstruction, the building will soon to reopen. The building has plenty of new architecture, with high ceilings, a second level with seating, and huge windows. But whether it’s the original bricks or re-purposed tin ceiling placed on the walls, memories of the old store are preserved.

"It has really the richness, the richness of a very decades-old materials,” Korpela explained.

Longtime customers are excited as the store begins moving its inventory from the Wausau Center Mall to Third Street – but so are surrounding businesses.

“We are thrilled to have them back in their original location,” Wausau Executive Director Elizabeth Brodek said.

Brodek said businesses nearby Downtown Grocery have been aching for it to re-open.

"To have that foot traffic and that flow back and forth between businesses, because those are similar customer bases, and similar demographics between those businesses...to have that flow back is really going to be helpful to the entire 600 Block and all of Downtown Wausau,” Brodek explained.

The Korpelas are looking forward to coming back to the downtown business community they’ve cherished.

"Hopefully the community and our customers will enjoy as much if not more so than our previous home,” Kevin Korpela said.

Kevin Korpela said there’s no set date for when Downtown Grocery will officially open its doors again, but anticipates sometime in late August, pending the progress of the transition.

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'It is a 2-minute walk': New signs in downtown Wausau aim to encourage pedestrians

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By:  Haley BeMiller with Wausau Daily Herald

Wausau residents and visitors now have new encouragement to roam downtown on foot.

The Wausau River District and Marathon County Healthy Eating Active Living Coalition partnered to install signs Wednesday directing pedestrians to downtown landmarks and businesses such as Inner Sleeve Records, Polito's and City Hall. They show how many minutes it will take for someone to walk to the next destination and allow people to scan the signs with a smartphone to get directions.

The project aims to increase foot traffic to businesses and highlight downtown's walkability. Elizabeth Brodek, executive director of the Wausau River District, said the signs can help people understand they don't need to hop in the car to get somewhere a block away.

"It’s literally just a couple minutes of walking to get to some of the places that they really want to be and some of the places that they might not even know about that they should check out," she said

Samantha Pinzl, a public health educator for the Marathon County Health Department and co-facilitator of the HEAL Coalition, also noted the health benefits of walking and said HEAL encourages walkability in the community.

"Even increasing your walking by 22 minutes a day can greatly reduce your chances of getting heart disease and other chronic illnesses such as that," she said.

The sites featured on the signs opted to participate. Brodek said they reached out anchor businesses in the community, as well as those off the beaten path that they want people to know about. Others were selected based on distance, she said.

18 signs were installed Wednesday primarily along Third Street, but others can be found near the YMCA and elsewhere in downtown. They're purple, blue or green, depending on whether the location is retail, civic or a public space like the Center for Visual Arts.

The signs are temporary, and Pinzl said they could come down before winter. However, she said they hope to increase the number of signs and add more permanent signage if people find them useful.

HEAL and the River District received the signs through Walk [Your City], a Raleigh, N.C.-based group that provides toolkits to communities around the country to help boost walkability.

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Monarch Aerial Arts visits Wausau Mall for D.E.A.W

By:  Curtis Aderholdt with WAOW

The Wausau Center Mall hosted a high-flying act for downtown employee appreciation week.

Shoppers stopped to see the Monarch Aerial Arts performances in the center of the mall Tuesday afternoon. 

They're an aerial yoga and dance studio out of Stevens Point.

Organizers said the idea was to add some vibrancy and something unexpected to the area; all done to celebrate downtown employees.

"And so we really appreciate them and want to know... want them to know that we do," said Elizabeth Brodek, Wausau River District Executive Director. "And so this is just a week adding some joy, some relaxation, and obviously something a little unexpected for them to enjoy."

Downtown employee appreciation week runs for the next few days with a number of special festivities planned.  For a full list of those events, click here.

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Race for the Cure in Wausau Sunday

By:  WSAU

The 2017 Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure is happening Sunday on the 400 Block in Wausau. 

Kristine Alston is the co-chair for the race and a survivor herself. She says one of the best parts of this fundraiser is that three-fourths of what's raised says in Wisconsin.

She said, "I will tell you that that to me is just so exciting to hear that it's going towards people in our community and it's helping them with everything from breast care to other services that are needed."

The other 25% is donated to national research.

Alston says Sunday will be a very emotional day for many people.

"The survivors, I believe, take so much out of it," said Alston. "Just the comradery of the other survivors. And then, unfortunately, the people that we have lost to this horrible disease. It is just so emotional and reminds us that we've got to keep racing until we get to a day when we don't need to race anymore."

This year's honorary survivor is Aimee Christopher. Christopher was first diagnosed when she was 32 and doctors say a mammogram aided in saving her life. Alston says she's very excited for people to hear about Christopher's journey to becoming a survivor.

Those still interested in participating in the race can register by going to the Wausau Center Mall.

Registration begins at 7am Sunday morning with a survivors breakfast as well. The 5K starts at 9:15 and the 1 mile walk begins at 9:30. An awards ceremony will follow at 10:30.

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Wausau considers banning smoking in downtown parks

By:  Laura Schulte with Wausau Daily Herlad

Music lovers might soon have to leave The 400 Block during concerts on the square to smoke a cigarette. 

The Wausau Park and Recreation Committee debated this week whether to create an ordinance that would prohibit people from smoking on The 400 Block and surrounding sidewalks during big events, such as concerts. 

Committee member Tom Neal said that during recent concerts, he'd noticed that while people weren't smoking on the grass, the sidewalks surrounding the block were covered in cigarette butts and he had to walk through clouds of smoke to get to the trash cans. He thinks a ban in city parks would lead to healthier lives for many people in the community. 

"It's saying let's not normalize smoking in the eyes of youth," he said. "It should be seen as something that's not good to do." 

Bill Duncanson, director of the Marathon County parks and recreation department, agreed with Neal but suggested extending the ban to other parks such as the proposed park along the east riverfront and others with playgrounds. 

"We have to ask people to think about young lungs," Duncanson said. 

Duncanson cited an article from Chicago, where smoking in parks and harbors was banned in 2014 to improve health and reduce litter throughout the city.

As of now, Wausau has no ordinances regulating smoking in city parks such as The 400 Block. Event hosts are able to decide if they want to allow smoking. Hosts such as Wausau Events usually ask that attendees do not smoke on the grass. 

The committee didn't finalize any plans for a smoking ban, citing the need for more research. 

"This is a large issue," said committee member Gary Gisselman. "It should be under study in other cities that are adopting. We need further defining of what that motion would need going forward." 

The smoking ordinance will be revisited at the September meeting of the city park committee.

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Small business owners' optimism at its highest

By:  Mimi Mitrovic with WAOW

Small business owners around the nation have the highest positive outlook in 10 years.

Random small business owners completed a survey to look into their present and future situations.

The survey also evaluated other elements such as financial situation, revenue, and the number of employees.

Back in Wausau, local small business owners said they feel the same optimism as others.

"Its been growing," said Bobbie Marshall from Sweet Lola's in downtown Wausau. 

Owners and employees of small business around the area said the shift from consumers buying at big time companies to local is why they stay successful.

"They focus on customer experience and customer service," said Wausau River District Executive Director Elizabeth Brodek.

Marshall said with everyone shopping at small stores, it helps them grow.

"It's been great," said Marshall.

Brodek said Wausau has seen several local businesses opening up in the area just this summer.

"We are planning on seeing more coming in September" said Brodek.

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Smoothie bar Ignite Nutrition to open in downtown Wausau

By:  Laura Schulte with Wausau Daily Herald

Downtown Wausau will get a little bit of freshness this fall, as Ignite Nutrition opens for business. 

The smoothie bar, owned by Kayla Ermeling, is set to open on Sept. 5 and will feature a range of ways to stay healthy. The shop will serve nutritious smoothie drinks and offer fitness clubs to bring people together to work out, Ermeling said.

Ermeling, 23, said she was inspired to open a health club of her own after learning how important it is to treat your body well. 

"I (studied abroad) in Mexico, and it was a culture shock. I gained a lot of weight. I was really active in high school and all through college, so it was rough," she said. "So I came back and got really active. That was part of it, being able to watch my fitness journey." 

Ermeling turned to a local health club where she was going to school at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The club turned her on to smoothies and teas that helped her regain her confidence. Though she was working in another job, she was so inspired by how much the club had helped her that she wanted to start her own. 

That decision brought her back to Wausau, where she grew up. The 2012 Wausau West High School graduate searched throughout the area for a space to house her new business, and finally settled at 515 Third St., the former site of Studio 7 Consignment. Ermeling is turning the space into a new community hangout spot along Third Street. 

"Being able to help other people and expanding to help the community, that's really powerful," she said. 

In addition to serving smoothies, she plans to be offering fit camps throughout the year, starting in September with a yoga class in the shop. Next summer, her goal is to host fitness classes in The 400 Block. 

Ignite also will feature a massage therapist on the lower level of the shop.

"It will be amazing for our community," Ermeling said. "We're creating a space with a positive, uplifting environment." 

For more information, visit the Ignite Nutrition Facebook page

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Downtown Wausau concert aims to promote community unity

By:  Laura Schulte with the Wausau Daily Herald

The 400 Block will be full of music and community unity on Friday, part of a movement to unite Wausau. 

The Unity concert, hosted by a local collective called the Unity Project, will fill The 400 Block with song as three bands and other local performers take the stage. 

The concert is a chance for everyone in the community to come together for an evening of free and family-friendly fun, said Kate Gaines, who helped to organize the event. The Unity Project hosted a similar event last year, and it was such a success that the group wanted another chance to bring people together in a new way. 

"This year is about moving past and about celebrating diversity," Gaines said. "And it's about how diversity can help the community." 

The concert will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, and will feature local bands The Kittens, which plays rock n' roll, Phocus, which is a reggae band and Unified Soul, which performs rhythm and blues music. In between, other artists will have the chance to take the stage and perform short solos.

Gaines hopes the free concert will unite people who may not usually speak with each other. 

"We hope that people find that they have more in common than they thought," she said. 

One way Gaines hopes people will connect is through art, which is why an art installation will be a part of the event. Attendees will be encouraged to take part in a community project, led by Unity Project art director Stephanie Kohli. 

Each participant will get to decorate a 4-inch by 4-inch square with their depiction of the meaning of unity in Wausau, Kohli said. And then all of the squares will be put together to form a mural that will be hung in the Wausau Children's Museum in Wausau Center mall.

Kohli believes the art project will help community members feel closer and express emotion to others around them. 

"The creative process is so important," she said. "When people do it together, they open up. I've been an artist my whole life, and I know how healing it is for me. It creates such a good feeling."

The Unity Concert will be free and open to the public, and will include children's activities, free hot dogs and water and art supplies to make your unity creation.

The concert is being held at the same time as the controversial Ted Nugentperformance at the Wisconsin Valley Fair. Organizers want to make it clear that the two have nothing to do with each other. 

"It's not a political statement," said Tony Gonzalez, a member of the Unity Project. "It's a community statement that Wausau has many communities and characters. This is an event that welcomes everyone. It's an inclusive environment for people who want to gather in a safe, non-political environment." 

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Thousands crowd 400 Block for Danny Gokey charity concert Gokey packs 400 block

By:  Emma Henderson with WSAW

Community members were asked to bring donations of school supplies for Fill a Backpack Fill a Need to see a concert performed by Wisconsin native and American Idol alumni Danny Gokey.

The Christian singer has prioritized family both at his shows and behind the scenes with his band members.

"Just be there on the bus and just kiss your kids goodnight that makes it worth it," said Gokey's guitar player Miguel Perez. His wife and three children were with the band in Wausau and even took in a little fun at the 400 Block's splash pad before seeing Dad perform.

"The fact that we can have families out here having a good time building a rapport with each other is amazing," bassist Eric Ramey said. "Bringing back that foundation of family is important. It's the foundation of who we are," said drummer Bernard Bell.

Ramey and Bell say band members have also become like family because they spend so much time on the road together. "So, the family aspect is there, I treat him like my brother," Ramey said of Bell.

Sunday night, North Central Wisconsinites brought their own families to the 400 Block and took time to donate school supplies for low income students before enjoying the concert.

"We had thousands of people, maybe five or six thousand people down here to see Danny Gokey, so great show and hundreds of backpacks for Fill a Backpack, Fill a Need," said Ryan Jones with Thrivent Financial. Jones helped book Gokey for Sunday's event.

Gokey's Musical Director and keyboard player Maestro Lightford has been with Gokey since he re-launched his career, and said being back in Wisconsin has been a memorable experience.

"It was amazing, the people here, they came through and it was exciting. It's always great when you're playing and you're able to play off the energy of them," Lightford said.

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Art competition aims to spice up Third Street

By:  Laura Schulte with Wausau Daily Herald

The north end of Third Street is about to become a little more colorful. 

Artists are being invited by the Wausau River District to submit art that they can turn into murals on homes and businesses along the north end of Third Street. 

The idea came from Gisy Marks, owner of The Glass Hat, who dreams of one day creating more of an artist's community in the area around the bar. And that's where the name — Art Lives Here — came from, said Liz Brodek, the executive director of the nonprofit Wausau River District Inc., which advocates for downtown businesses. 

During the weekend of Wausau's Artrageous celebration, Sept. 7 through 10, 25 artists will be invited to translate their work into a small mural, visible from the street. Some will be painted directly on buildings and some will be painted on plywood, which will then be mounted on buildings. 

Blake Opal-Wahoske, the assistant director of the River District, hopes the project will also mutually benefit artists as well as the community, helping them to get exposure for the work they do. 

Brodek and Opal-Wahoske also hope the art will encourage younger Wausau residents to consider the neighborhood surrounding the area as a place to live and even shop. 

"It opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. (Art Lives Here) really showcases the arts community that's been untapped," Brodek said. "It's all about vibrancy."

The Art Lives Here competition will accept applications for murals through Aug. 11. Artists are asked to submit several scaleable examples of their work, and to choose which location they'd like to paint. Artists are encouraged to apply in groups, Brodek said, because the murals have to be completed within the four days of Artrageous Weekend.

Votes for the weekend's winning mural will be cast by those who donate to the winnings. Each donor will get one vote, whether they contribute $1 or $100. The artist (or artists) behind the best mural will receive $750, second place will receive $300 and third will receive $150. 

For more information, visit the Art Lives Here Wausau Facebook page

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UWSP faculty perform at Jazz on the River downtown Wausau

By:  WSAW Staff

Smooth jazz drifted through the evening air by the Wisconsin River Sunday night in Wausau.

Music Department faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point came together to perform as part of the Wausau River District's Jazz on the River concert series.

Several dozen listeners brought chairs and blankets to enjoy the show.

Jazz ensembles play for free each weekend.

In good weather the groups play in the plaza behind the Marathon County Public Library.

The show goes on rain or shine. When rain is expected, the music moves to the Wausau Center Mall.

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Downtown movie theater still on track to open in 2018

By:  Laura Schulte with the Wausau Daily Herald

A downtown Wausau movie theater is still on track to open in 2018, despite delays to demolition of the old Sears building.

Chris Schock, the city planning, community and economic development director, said that no one had realized that the former Sears building and the mall shared the same wall where the two connected — a discovery that delayed the demolition expected to happen earlier this year. 

"It was thought that there were separate walls that were adjacent," he said. 

The Sears building was vacated last year, one of many stores the retailer closed across the nation. Micon Cinemas was one of two choices the city council faced this spring as it considered a new tenant for the prominent downtown space; HOM Furniture was the other. 

Now, Mid-America Asset Management, which oversees Wausau Center, and Micon Cinemas, which will manage the 10-screen theater, have gone back to the drawing board to work out a new demolition plan. The two are splitting the costs of a structural engineer to assess the situation. 

In the meantime, a revised plan for the movie theater is being drawn up, Schock said, and the new plan will have to be approved by the city. 

"Everyone wants to see (the demolition) start as fast as possible," he said. "But the details have to be worked through." 

The theater is still expected to open in 2018, but the demolition won't begin until a development agreement has been reached by all parties involved. After the demolition, construction is expected to take 10 months.

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400 block adds new sign for future events

By:  Mimi Mitrovic

 A new public amenity was added to the 400 block last Wednesday. 

The sign was purchased with grant money given by the Dudley Foundation and the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. 
Wausau River Districts Executive Director Elizabeth Brodek said the sign is a great way to showcase events happening on the 400 block.

"I live down the street and I don't always know whats happening, so how would others?" Brodek said.

The new sign was designed to mimic the street scrapes such as lamp bases and the outdoor theater.

"It's like it was here the entire time," said Brodek.

Brodek compares her reaction to the new sign by saying she felt like a kid at Christmas.

"I was so excited," Brodek said. "It's way more beautiful than I could ever imagine it to be."

The sign was purchased at $5,000 of grant money.

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Display in Wausau asks what you want before you die

By:  WAOW

What do you want to do before you die?

It's not always an easy question, but it's one being asked in a special display near the 400 block in Wausau.

The idea is simple, pick up a piece of chalk and share your dreams.

Some are funny: See Donald Trump's scalp.

Others are kind: Make everyone smile.

Some are practical like getting a dog, others not so much, like getting a donkey.

But they all serve a purpose. "It makes it real for people, writing it down," said Michelle Tlusty, who was visiting the display.

Travel is a popular goal with people wanting to travel the entire world.  Others want to see Paris, Italy or Poland.

While some want to venture out, others look inward. "'Just be me' and 'be ok,' There are times in my life I've wanted to be that way," said Tlusty.

You see some dreams like 'making it to 100' and wonder how far off they are.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Michele Moss.  She is hoping she has many more birthdays left as she battles cancer. "I just keep fighting," she said.

The self proclaimed daredevil stopped at the wall and wrote that she wanted to go skydiving.  "I's on my bucket list," Moss said, "I'll do it."

"It sure draws a lot of attention," said Chip Winter.  From his viewpoint in the popcorn wagon nearby, Chip sees the board start clean every day and fill with a lifetime of hopes and dream.

"They might not have seen it written down, and it might inspire them," said Tlusty.

"You see a list of people that have dreams and it's important that they do it," said Anne Keffalos who is visiting from Alaska and stopped to write on the board.

But as different as these dreams can be, everyone on the list shares one thing, hope. "I can connect with them, even if I don't know who they are," said Tlusty.

The "Before I Die" wall travels the country.

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The best Instagram photos from Wausau Chalkfest

By:  Robert Mentzer

The chalk art is still out in Wausau. But there's rain in the forecast this week, and the vivid colors of the sidewalk art are sure to fade soon. 

If you missed Wausau's big weekend, or just want to relive it and check out the images people posted, here's your chance. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin compiled some of the top images, videos and scenes posted on social media. Check out our galleries and videos at the links below.

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Chalkfest draws crowds to downtown Wausau

By:  Chris Mueller with Wausau Daily Herald

Crowds gathered in downtown Wausau on Saturday as hundreds of artists turned the sidewalks into works of art.

ChalkFest, an annual event in Wausau that coincides with Balloon and Rib Fest, began Saturday morning as artists started their work on a range of pieces covering sidewalks in the 400 Block.

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Wausau sees big weekend for festivals

By:  Katherine Bauer

With pastels scraping across the sidewalk, Chalkfest kicked off its 14th straight year this weekend.

"Interestingly enough, I only do chalk once a year and that's on pavement," said Emily Voss, who designed and drew the center square this year.

Artists take a gamble when they put their chalk to the pavement. Last year, rain washed away hours of work just ten minutes after the artists finished.

"All the time that I put in, took off all the tape, took pictures," Stephanie Miller said. "Probably within ten minutes it was a downpour."

But Voss said there is some beauty to the art style.

"It's obviously the perfect medium for sidewalk because it's not permanent, and it can wash away," Voss said. "And we can do it every year."

Each year, artists register to help cover the sidewalks on the 400 block in downtown Wausau. Miller said the community really turns out for the event.

"It's just such a huge community event," Voss said. "It's a cool weekend for everyone to come together. And you can see you haven't seen since last year with  all the crowds coming. And it just feels like a community of artists."

Not far away, Balloon and Rib Fest was underway at the Wausau Downtown Airport. 

"A rib should not be fall off the bone," said Austin Frion, a cook with Barbeque Co. "A rib should be pull off the bone."

The Barbeque Co. originated in Phoenix, Arizona but has a location in Hartford, WI.

"I think that ribs and summertime are made for each other," Frion said.

Balloon and Rib Fest brought six barbeque vendors to Wausau from all across the country, from Ohio to Texas. Vendors served up not only ribs but cheese curds, mac and cheese and corn bread.

Both festivals run through Sunday. Balloon and Rib fest wraps it up early with breakfast 6-10:30 a.m. Chalkfest finishes up at 4 p.m.

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Chalkfest Weekend in Wausau

By:  WSAU

Downtown Wausau's 400 Block will be packed today and tomorrow for an annual tradition that continues to fill up with participants quickly.

Chalkfest returns for its 13th year as one of the largest collection of artists in central Wisconsin, all to turn a favorite childhood activity into the means to create a masterpiece.

Wausau Events Executive Director Lindsey Lewitzke says the slots for competition sold out faster than ever before. Despite that, she thinks the competition will remain only the 400 Block in the future.

Lewitzke said, "It's kind of hard because it's really nice to have them all concentrated on the 400 Block, which is obviously a love of Wausau, so we generally just try to keep it right on the 400 Block."

Artists will have from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday to complete their work using the 48 pieces of chalk provided. The winners will receive a handmade mug and a trophy in the shape of a piece of chalk, known as a "Chalkie." They'll also be invited back next year as a featured artist.

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Wausau prepares for the 13th Annual 'Chalkfest'

By:  Stacia Kulakowski at WSAW

Since 2004, Chalkfest has been apart of Wausau's summer traditions. Now, fast forward 13 years later, and it's still bringing smiles to hundreds

Each year, one weekend during the summer allows the 400 Block in downtown Wausau to be transformed into a colorful arena of drawings made in chalk.

Hundreds of participants of all ages are allowed to purchase squares on the block in small, medium, and large sizes to use as their drawing space.

The event is a great representation of the Wausau area since it allows artists to show off their skills, and the rest of the community to enjoy the finished products all weekend long.

This year, Chalkfest runs on Saturday July 15th from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. and on Sunday July 16th from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.

A 'Children's Chalkfest' is also apart of the fun. Kids under 12 can participate in the event by either: 
-Buying a box of colored chalk and the use of a small chalkboard for $3
-Buying 12 pastels and a sheet of paper for $10

The kid's event goes from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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