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You have a few more days to register for the July 4th Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival

You have a few more days to register for the fifth annual Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival. It has become a central part of Boise’s Fourth of July celebration, drawing thousands to Ann Morrison Park to watch a mix of more than 70 community and professional artists create chalk murals on the park’s walkways.

Awards will be given in several categories, including a special award for murals that celebrate the Idaho Statesman’s 150th Anniversary. It can be inspired by historic headlines and photos — anything that represents the role the newspaper has played in our state for the past 150 years. Check out 80 historic Statesman photos at the City’s Sesqui-Shop, 1008 W. Main St., in Downtown Boise for ideas.

Here’s how it works

Register in youth and adult categories: $10 for ages 12-17, $15 for 18 and older and $20 for a team of up to four in either category. Your registration price includes sidewalk chalk and artist’s pastels provided by Craft Warehouse. Click here to register.

Drawing starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. A panel of artist judges will award prizes at 5 p.m. at the Idaho Statesman’s Chalk Art Tent in People’s Choice, and the top three in youth and adult categories, plus a special award for murals in the Statesman 150 category.

This year's featured artists are Boise City pubic art manager Karen Bubb, former Disney animator Geoff Everts, painters Melissa Chambers, Lauren T. Kistner and Chi Westin, illustrator Scott Pentzer and multiple People’s Choice winner Danielle Mierzwa. You can see their work and learn more about them here.

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