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.