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Street artists, runners, beer tasters to converge on Highland Square

 

The Downtown Square in Highland will be alive with activity Saturday, Sept. 10, as artists take to the streets for the 14th annual Street Art Festival and Art Expo.

Several new additions have been added to the festival this year including a Bags Tournament, Hops and Color Beer Tasting Festival sponsored by the Highland Jaycees, and a Run for Color.

At 8 a.m. artists will begin to transform the streets around the downtown Highland square into works of chalk art. Artists compete in four categories: professional, amateur, college and high school. They are given until 5 p.m. to complete their art work, at which time judges will begin. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. and given cash prizes.

Food, drink and activities begin at 11am.

There will be a Bags Tournament open to the public. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. Teams of two can participate for $25. First bag in this double elimination tournament will be thrown at noon on the south side of the downtown square. The top three teams at the end of the tournament will win cash prizes.

At 4 p.m will be a Run for Color 2mile fun run/walk will take off. Participants will line up near It’s Party Time to begin the 2-mile excursion. Along the route participants will have color tossed on them at predesignated areas. The color is non-toxic and safe for adults and children alike.

This Highland Jaycees are partnering with the Highland Chamber of Commerce to host the inaugural Hops and Color Beer Tasting. Participants can purchase a tasting card and a complimentary glass for $20 in advance or $25 the day of the festival. Participants will then be able to enjoy sampling from the 15 unique beers from sponsor Koerner Distributing. There will also be a small homebrew competition for fan favorite which will be chosen at 4 p.m. The Hops and Color Beer Tasting will open Friday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. and continue Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 pm.

As in years past there will still be the Art Expo, sponsored by the Highland Arts Council.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (618) -654-3721 or nancie@highlandillinois.com or on the web at highlandartscouncil.org.

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