The 15th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (rain day on Sunday) at the Oak Ridge Campus of Roane State Community College.
Dozens of artists will be brushing up on their skills as they transform concrete sidewalk squares into colorful chalk paintings. The public is invited to this free festival organized by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.
While would-be Rembrandts are chalking the walks, young children will enjoy face painting, chalking, and other free activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Kid Zone.
Music will be provided by the Roane State Celebration Singers at 9 a.m.
Although the activities are free, don’t forget to bring your wallet. Food and drinks will be sold by student groups.
Artists must complete their work by 4 p.m. Saturday when judging begins. The winners in different categories and People’s Choice winner will be announced at 5 p.m. First-place winners will receive $50.
The festival has raised over $230,000 in the past 14 years for scholarships for Roane State students. The most generous sponsor so far has been Materials and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. (MCLinc), which has contributed $5,000.