During Main Street Delaware's July 1 First Friday "Chalk It Up!" competition, sidewalk chalk artists will show off their skills.

During Main Street Delaware's July 1 First Friday "Chalk It Up!" competition, sidewalk chalk artists will show off their skills.

Pavement space will be "sold" for $10 per square as a fundraiser for downtown beautification projects, education and family events. Artists must supply their own chalk.

Visitors at the "Chalk It Up!" contest may vote for their favorite artists as part of the People's Choice contest category. Artists who win People's Choice awards will earn gift certificates to shop and dine in Delaware.

Other competition categories are "Child," for artists 12 and younger; "Amateur" and "Professional," for trained or working artists.

Squares may be purchased by calling (740) 362-6050 and leaving a message. They also will be available on the day of the event at the Main Street tent at William and Sandusky streets.

Free music and children's art activities also will be offered.

Main Street Delaware's executive director, France Jo Hamilton, said in a news release that she hopes the chalk competition becomes an annual event.