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Sidewalk to pave the way for creativity

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The Chalk the Sidewalk event will return to Burnett Heads again this year.

The upcoming Chalk the Sidewalk event at Burnett Heads will pave the way for children of all ages to showcase their artistic talents.

The youth of the region will get the chance to add some colour to the Burnett Heads CBD and win some great prizes, including scooters as first prize for each age group, on Saturday 1 October.

Chalk the Sidewalk is the opening event for this year’s Burnett Heads Celebration of the Arts.

The month-long celebration will see art activities run every weekend throughout October.

The free art competition invites children and youth of all ages to participate with three categories including under 6, under 12 and under 18.

Organiser Felicity Newlands said the event was a great chance for families to get out and explore Burnett Heads.

“The aim of the event is to bring families out to Burnett Heads and ‘unearth her beauty', to give the children something to get excited about,” she said.

“A lot of kids love to draw, the excitement to use a different medium than paper, this gives them a chance to use colour and texture in a new way.

“With the event being located in the centre of town, it will also allow parents to grab a coffee or lunch at one of the several businesses adjacent to Chalk the Sidewalk.”

Chalk the Sidewalk will run from 11 am to 1 pm with registrations starting at 10.30 am on Saturday 1 October.

Local artists Jenni Kirkwood and John Layland will judge the competition and announce the winners at 1.30 pm.

Felicity said children could be as creative as they like with their chalk art, with technique to play a part in the judging process.

“It’s not always about the best picture,” she said.

“I know Jenni and John will be looking at the overall effort, not just the actual picture itself.”

Chalk the Sidewalk entrants will be provided with chalk to use during the competition thanks to Burnett Heads Post Office.

Any entrants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Since its inception, prizes have been supported by Bundaberg businesses and local residents, with this years prize pool set to be the biggest so far.

Chairperson of the Burnett Heads Progress and Sports Association Daniel Walshaw said there were some great prizes up for grabs.

“With all that has been donated there will be some very happy children at the end of the day,” he said.

For more information visit www.cota.events.

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