Delaware News

'Chalk It Up!' set for July 4 First Friday

Main Street Delaware's fourth annual "Chalk It Up!" sidewalk chalk art contest on Friday, July 4 -- a First Friday celebration that also includes such traditional Independence Day events as the Central Ohio Symphony's free outdoor concert and fireworks by the city of Delaware.

Sidewalk space for "Chalk It Up!" participants is $10 per square. Registration forms can be printed at Forms also are available at Button Up handmade art gallery, 29 N. Sandusky St., and at Fundamentals Parent Teacher Bookstore, 25 W. Winter St.

Artists are asked to bring their own chalk. They may begin working any time on Friday, July 4, but they must be finished by 8 p.m. to allow time for voting. Spectators can vote for their favorite sidewalk artwork in youth and adult categories. People's Choice winners will receive prizes. Children not participating in the contest also can create sidewalk pictures with chalk provided by area businesses.

Funds raised during the contest will support Main Street Delaware beautification projects, education and family-friendly events.

The Central Ohio Symphony's July 4 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Ohio Wesleyan University's Phillips Glen. Lawn seating is free; bringing chairs and blankets is encouraged. Tickets for chairs set up in front of the orchestra are $6 each and may be purchased at the symphony office, 24 E. Winter St., at Buehler's Fresh Foods, 800 W. Central Ave., or at the concert.

The concert program features music by Sousa, Bernstein and Anderson, the rousing 1812 Overture, with fireworks cannon blasts, and a world premiere of Declaration by composer Ben Goldberg, a work inspired by the Declaration of Independence. Kiwanis will offer concessions. In the event of rain, the concert will be performed in OWU's Branch Rickey Arena.

For more information about Main Street Delaware's "Chalk It Up!" contest, visit For more information about the symphony, visit