GREENFIELD — Amateur artists braved chilly temperatures last weekend to create sidewalk art for the annual Chalk Fest, held Oct. 28 in the Living Alley in downtown Greenfield.

Cash prizes were awarded to the winners in three categories: children, teens and teams.

“We didn’t have as big of a turnout this year due to the chilly weather, but it was a lot of fun,” said Alice Hedden, president of Hancock County Arts, which runs the event.

Chalk Fest was founded by local artist Sandy Hall in 2009.

Since then, artists of all ages and skill levels have flocked downtown for their chance to create temporary works of art on downtown streets and sidewalks.

“The rain washed it all away by Monday, but lots of people stopped by to enjoy the art throughout the weekend,” said Hedden.

Three art teachers from Greenfield Central Junior High School attended Chalk Fest, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to share tips and tricks for creating outdoor art with chalk.

Each participant was provided chalk and their own space in which to create.

Next year Chalk Fest will be held a little earlier in the year, on Sept. 21.

“We’re looking forward to warmer temperatures and hopefully many more artists joining us for this fun tradition next year,” said Hedden.

The following chalk artists were announced as the winners:

Team winner

Erica and Michael Long

Adult winner

Ben Schaefer

Teen winners

1st – Sarah Stonerock

2nd – Bella Turner

3rd – Madison Hewson


1st – Avery Decker

2nd – Felicity Turner

3rd – Drew Turner

Next year’s Chalk Fest is slated for Sept. 21.