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Sunday, July 14, 2013 11:41 PM


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DELPHOS—While enjoying all the community activities taking place during the 2013 Canal Days Celebration, be sure to take a stroll down to the corner of Second and Main streets where raw talent will be on display.

This year, as in the past four, Audra Miller is chair for the Canal Days Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning of Canal Days.

Miller had wanted to get involved in some community activities, so when friends who were on the main committee asked her to chair the Chalk Art Contest, she jumped at the chance.

The process of getting ready for the event starts in the early spring when Miller contacts Event Coordinator Diane Sterling to confirm the event location. In May and early June, she communicates with businesses that have donated items for the event in the past and asks if they are interested in helping the committee again.

Miller said she has seen a great response this year from businesses who have donated participation items, which are gifts each of the children who participate will receive.

“In August, I buy the chalk,” Miller mused. “This is very interesting as the cashiers face is usually pretty shocked by the amount I buy at one time.”

In September, after school starts, she creates registration forms and distributes them to the schools so students can sign up for the event. Each year, there are close to 70 children who participate in the event. They range in age from 4-17.

“That is another thing that is great to see: the different age groups’ interpretations of the same theme,” Miller said with excitement.

The Canal Days Sidewalk Chart Art Contest historically draws close to 70 children who use a common theme in their work. (Delphos Herald file photo)Miller enjoys chairing the event and the children really enjoy being able to show off their artwork to family and friends. She said it is amazing to watch the children use their creativity. They can be proud of their accomplishments.

“They can draw on Saturday morning and come back later with Grandma and Grandpa and say ‘look what I did’!” Miller said proudly.

Even though Miller thoroughly loves doing the chalk art with the children, her favorite part of the whole weekend is seeing friends that she doesn’t get to see very often.

Last Updated on Sunday, July 14, 2013 11:59 PM

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