Chalk fest set to take place amid Last Stop Willoughby

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Aug. 6—With the success of Willoughby Arts Collaborative's chalk fest last year, the charitable nonprofit will be bringing it back this year in conjunction with Heart of Willoughby's Last Stop Willoughby event.

Last Stop Willoughby is scheduled for Aug. 13 in downtown Willoughby and will kick off with the Willoughby Farmer's Market from 8 a.m. to noon. The market will feature more than 60 vendors with produce, meats, bakery items and artisans.

Amid Last Stop Willoughby, seven or eight artists will be chalking throughout downtown on select buildings, said Pat Carroll-Bonander of the Willoughby Arts Collaborative.

"We had so many positive comments last year," she said. "There will be a $300 prize for first place and $200 for people's choice, so people can have ballots they can fill out and drop in the ballot box by our booth."

A kids chalk fest will also be taking place on the sidewalk in front of Willoughby Public Library. There will be prizes for first, second and third place.

"The artists can only use sidewalk chalk, and we're allowing them to start chalking Friday night so they have enough time to complete their work, but they have to be chalking during the day on Saturday too," Carroll-Bonander said.

Over the last year, the Willoughby Arts Collaborative has completed projects that included covering 12 electric boxes with art downtown, the welcome sign on Erie Street and Mentor Avenue and murals at the library.

"We're planning on having an annual mural project," Carroll-Bonander said. "We'll be putting out a call for artists for another mural on a building."

The Arts Collaborative has also been participating in the Farmer's Market every other Saturday, selling T-shirts and having a 50-50 raffle. By being at the market, more people have learned about what the Arts Collaborative does and what it's about, Carroll-Bonander said.

"That's been a challenge," she said.

Last Stop Willoughby has been held since 2008. It gets its name from a season one episode of the "Twilight Zone" called "A Stop at Willoughby." The episode first aired May 6, 1960. The episode will be screened at the library throughout the day.

Engine 999, a scale reproduction of a steam engine with the Western Reserve Railroad Association, will also be present during Last Stop Willoughby. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wes Point Park will be a kids zone that will have face painting, live music, hair painting, kids' art from the library, Connect Four and foam machines.

Nonprofit alley will be a chance for nonprofits to have space to tell their story to spectators. In addition, East Coast Custard, Kettle Corn and Willoughby United Methodist Church will have food trucks.

The parade, often called the "candy parade," will start at South High School and will travel down Euclid Avenue, and then down Erie Street. Cash prizes for the best float and the best decorated bicycle will be offered.