It won’t just be children’s sidewalk art that fills Warren’s downtown courthouse plaza on Saturday.
Chalk on the Walk’s return will include makeup and dye stations, a local artist market, fire truck tours, costumed characters, music and free donuts.
“We wanted to make sure we did that this year and did more than in previous years to get people excited,” said James Shuttic, director of the Trumbull County Council of Fine Arts. “After a break, we wanted to bring in more people from the general community and add more layers.”
Chalk on the Walk, where children have the chance to use the walkways around and through the courthouse square as a canvas for chalk drawings, has been a downtown tradition for decades, but it has been canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to donations from TCAP Head Start and Fairhaven Industries as well as money from FACT, free chalk packs will be available for approximately 500 attendees beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Free donuts donated by Nova Coffee Co. will be given to the first 100 children.
“Children are resilient, but throughout the pandemic their activities have been heavily impacted, either interrupted or drastically altered,” Shuttic said. “We want to bring people together and show that things happen again.”
DJ Christopher F will provide the soundtrack for the artistic creation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Warren Fire Department will have a fire truck on site and will offer tours from noon to 1 p.m. Costumed Elsa and Spider-Man characters will also be present.
For adults, more than 20 artists from the neighborhood will sell their original handmade creations on the square.
“We wanted to have things that appealed to more than kids, but didn’t take away from what is a kids’ event,” Shuttic said.
Area non-profit groups were also invited to set up information tables at the event.
“We know firsthand, no matter what you do, you can’t get enough people to know what you do,” he said. “One of our goals over the past few years has been to work with other nonprofits and give them a chance to show off what they’re doing.”