PERRY- The 8th Annual Perry Chalk Art Festival drew a huge, happy crowd to Perry on Saturday. Plenty of folks came out for the sunshine and an excuse to doodle on the sidewalk, but there were also chalk art contests and special awards for really eye-catching work, including cash prizes for first place winners.
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Festival attendance was estimated at 2,200, and according to Festival coordinator Meghan Hauser, the artwork was better than ever. This year’s contest followed a theme of “Transformations.” Competing artists earned exclusive bragging rights, and the first place winners walked away with their wallets a little fatter.
Winners of the Adult Level Solo Square Art Contest were Karen Todd Flack, of Spencerport, in Third Place; Rick Hauser, of Perry, in Second Place; and Karen Pankow, of Castile, in First Place. Pankow received a $250 cash prize for her skills.
Winners of the Adult Level Multiple Square Art Contest were: Third Place- Rebecca Crocker, Dani Pachuta, and Ryan McDanel, of Mt. Morris, Perry, and Perry, respectively; Second Place- Erica Hauser and Jon Reichert, of Newburgh; First Place- Cory & Andy Fitzsimmons, Perry, Avon, and Owego, respectively, with the $250 First Place cash prize.
Tim Humberstone, of Perry, won First Place in the Adult-Level People’s Choice Award. Christian Repass of Perry won Second Place, and Erica Hauser and Jon Reichert of Newburgh won Third.
Most Whimsical went to Briana Coogan-Bassett of Warsaw. Rebecca Crocker, Dani Pachuta, and Ryan McDanel, of Mt. Morris, Perry, and Perry, respectively, brought up a close Second Place.
Kevin Raymond, of Gainesville, won Best Color. Rick Hauser, of Perry, won Best Use of Theme. Best Original Artwork went to Ryan, Cory, and Andy Fitzsimmons, of Perry, Avon, and Owego, respectively. Kevin Raymond, of Gainesville, won the Merit Award.
There were two levels of youth contests. Kellen Bell of Wyoming won Third Place in the age 10-14 contest, Solomon Hauser of Perry won Second, and Sydney Bell of Wyoming won First Place, which came with a $25 cash prize.
The age 15-19 contest awarded Kera Pfieffer, of Castile, Third Place; Jeremiah Zerbe, of Perry, Second Place; and Melanie Perkins of Warsaw First Place, plus a $25 cash prize.
The ages 10-14 contest awarded Izabella West, of Perry, the Excellent Craftsmanship Award; Sydney Bell, of Wyoming, Best Use of Theme; and Lily Jaques, of Perry, Best Use of Pop Culture.
The ages 15-19 contest awarded Excellent Craftsmanship to Tiana Ortiz, of Rochester; and Best Use of Theme to Hunter Anderson, of Gainesville.
Kera Pfieffer of Castile won First Place in the Youth People’s Choice Award. Kellen Bell, of Wyoming, won Second Place, and Sydney Bell of Wyoming won Third.
<PHOTO CAPTIONS: Photos Courtesy of Meghan Hauser>