PERRY – The Perry Chalk Art Festival will return for its 14th summer, but with a new event date and some significant modifications.

The changes are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related requirements from the state.

While some familiar activities will have to wait until a possible 2021 return, the core of the event – fine chalked artwork – will continue as planned, said Meghan Hauser, an organizer of the event.

The chalking event is scheduled for Aug. 15, about a month later than the event has traditionally taken place.

A select group of professional artists will create pastel artworks inspired by the theme “The Twenties.” This year’s featured artist will be Erika Thurkins, who was among the 2019 participants. At last year’s festival, which had the theme “small,” Thurkins created an image of Frodo, one of the hobbits from “The Lord of the Rings.”

All chalking will take place on the Perry Festival Plaza. There will limitations on the number of chalkers working and on the numbers visitors who can be on the plaza. Those attending should wear a mask and follow social distancing standards while viewing art on the plaza.

Artists will chalk from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Festival Plaza will remain closed through Sunday afternoon to maximize the number of visitors who can view the works.

Visitors to the event will also be able to hear live music from Kelly’s Old Timers, The Brothers Blue and Creek Bend. Homegrown produce will e available at the extended Farmers’ Market.

To comply with the unique requirements of this year, the Youth and Aspiring Artist events, Taste of Summer, youth entertainment and the Public Market will not be held.

Look for these popular features of the festival to return in 2021, Hauser said.

The Tour de Per’-RY community bike ride is also cancelled.

For an updated schedule of events, go to

If significant rainfall is forecast, chalking will take place on Aug. 22.

For more information, email, or contact Meghan Hauser at (585) 237 5375.

The festival is made possible through contributions from local government, businesses, individuals and the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce. The program also benefits from a decentralization grant funded through the state Council on the Arts and administered in Wyoming County by the Arts Council for Wyoming County.

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