Sidewalk Chalk Contest draws 21 entries

The first ever Sidewalk Chalk Competition held at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Saturday, June 18 drew 21 entries. The contest offered two categories, a youth division for contestants 12 and under and an Open division, which was for artists over 12 years of age.

Contestants gathered trackside beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday to begin their work. Each entrant had a square of concrete to work with and all drawings were done free-hand with some impressive finished products available for judges to consider when time was up at 6:30 p.m. Serving as judges for the contest were Rachael Ackley, executive director of the Shelby County Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau, Sally Schlegel, Indianapolis-based equestrian artist who painted live during the racing program, and Karah Mason, Indiana Grand Digital Marketing Coordinator and local artist from Waldron, Ind.

“When we began the judging, we each selected our top three in both categories, and we were unanimous on our choices,” said Mason. “Some of the work in these entries was amazing. On one, the frog and the leaf were the same color of green, but the artist was able to shade the color to appear distinct in the image. There was a lot of talent in this competition.”

Amber Hudson came away with the top prize in the Open Division, winning $300 for her drawing of a dinosaur. Jill Coen finished second with a colorful butterfly to win $150 and Tiffany Tidrow of Indianapolis finished third with a tree frog to win $50.

In the youth division, Madelyn Scott was the winner, taking home the top prize of $150 for her drawing of tropical flowers. Farah Coen finished second with a drawing of a kaleidoscope to win $75 and Juan Mariez finished third to win $25 for his Pac-Man drawing.

The Sidewalk Chalk competition was part of the third annual Artisan Fest. The evening included vendors with all types of merchandise, from equine art to jewelry and homemade signs. The evening also included a Family Fun Night featuring a free face painter, caricature artist and bounce house as part of the activities. The event coincided with live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing which featured 10 races.