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Friday Night Live: Kids sidewalk competition

During the summer, townies know that Downtown Champaign is the best place to kick off the weekend, thanks mainly to 40 North hosting their open-air event, Friday Night Live. On July 31st, however, the event took a different turn: hosting a chalk drawing contest for Pre-K through 8th grade children, downtown attracted much more than the usual bar crowd.  

Walking alongside and viewing the kids various chalk drawings I was beyond impressed by the creativity and skill — some drawings were even far better than I could ever do! The crowds were huge, and excitement was everywhere. With live music on nearly every corner of downtown and a fun competition for the children, the atmosphere was perfect for folks of all ages.  

Winners of the sidewalk chalk contest: 

6th-8th grade level 1st Place: Chloe S.

1st-5th grade level 1st Place: Roger H.

1st-5th grade level 2nd Place: Jonathan R.

1st-5th grade level 3rd Place: Jonah S.

Pre-K – K 1st Place: Aydn D.

Pre-K – K 2nd Place: Xuran D.

Staff Pick: Brook R.

To view upcoming events with Friday Night Live and 40 North, check out their website.

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