By Samm Quinn

Daily Reporter Staff Writer

GREENFIELD — The seventh annual Chalkfest returns to the Hancock County Courthouse plaza Saturday.

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Artists of all ages are invited to participate in the event, whose theme this year is “Rock the Chalk.”

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Support the cause

Chalkfest serves as a dual fundraiser for Greenfield Main Street, a local nonprofit that works to foster enthusiasm and prosperity in downtown Greenfield, and the Hancock County Arts Council, which supports and promotes the arts, humanities, education and cultural activities in Hancock County and the surrounding area. It costs $5 to participate in the contest, and proceeds benefit the groups.

2. Get involved

Chalkfest is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the plaza, south of intersection of State and Main streets in downtown Greenfield. Artists in age categories kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, seventh through eighth grade, ninth through 12th grade and adults are invited to compete for prizes by completing chalk art on a 3-foot by 3-foot square of sidewalk.

3. Enjoy the art

The People’s Choice Award will be chosen by attendees to Taste of Hancock County, which also takes place on the plaza Saturday afternoon. Chalkfest winners will be announced at 4 p.m., and the People’s Choice Award will be announced at 7 p.m. Cash awards of $50 for first place, $25 for second place and $10 for third place will be awarded in all categories, in addition to a People’s Choice Award of $100.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or