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(Posted July 25, 2019)

Chalk artists will bring their talent back to the London Rib and Jazz Festival this year, and the art is much more elaborate than your childhood hopscotch game.

Four chalk artists from the organization ChalkStix will draw their masterpieces on East Second Street during the first day of the two-day festival. Each artist will draw their own 8×8-foot drawing.

The public can watch the artists in action beginning at about 9 a.m. Aug 2. The festival continues on Aug. 3. (For full festival details, visit

“My favorite question I get asked is, ‘What happens when you’re done?’ My answer is always the same: ‘It fades or gets washed away by the rain,’ ” said Jennifer Russell, a founding member of ChalkStix and a member of the Ohio Chalk Art Guild.

“Street painting is temporary, but for a minute it can be the most beautiful thing you see that day. I think that’s why I fell in love with it. Nothing is better than creating art outside on a beautiful day.”

After artists paint the streets on Friday afternoon, the festival’s cornhole tournament will take place in the evening. The tournament will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. on West Second Street. Participants should bring their own partner. Entry fee is $20 per team.

The tournament is double elimination with the winning team taking home $100 and trophies. Second place earns $50, and third place gets their money back.

There is no early registration this year. Sign up just before the tournament begins at 5:30 p.m. The cut-off to sign-up will be at 6:15 p.m.

The popular London Rib & Jazz Festival car show will take place on Saturday. The show, sponsored by Wilson’s Printing & Graphics, will be on East and West Second streets from 5 to 8 p.m., with awards at 8:15.

The 2018 car show attracted more than 125 vehicles. Registration takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Entry fee is $10.

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