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Families gathered at the Memorial Bandshell in Dickinson on Friday afternoon to see summer off with a colorful Chalk Walk. Iain Woessner / The Dickinson Press1 / 2
Leonardo and Nicholas Leany were all-too-happy to help crush a pile of fruity cereal into colorful powdery dust at this year's Chalk Walk in Dickinson Friday. Iain Woessner / The Dickinson Press2 / 2

The last weeks of summer seem certain to be celebrated in force by the good people of Dickinson, judging by the tremendous turnout at this year's Chalk Walk. Families of all sizes came to the Memorial Bandshell to make memories and masterpieces under cerulean skies.

"We love it, to be honest," Nick Leany, who brought his young family along, said at the event. "Dickinson has a lot of winter months so it's hard to get out, but in the summer it's real nice. It's great the city puts on shows like this."

Featuring live music and food trucks, area ice cream vendors keeping the creativity and cold snacks flowing, the atmosphere was lively at the Memorial park, with children playing on the lawn and enjoying the thick grass while even adults took the time to flex their artistic muscles.

"You can bring families out on a beautiful day like this in Dickinson," said Chris Coates, who works at the community center and was invited to showcase his talent, creating a very skillful chalk still life on the sidewalk. "Everybody can participate in this, which is great."

Kaitlyn Anderson, an intern with the Parks Department, helped provide free chalk and activity guides to the people who came to the Chalk Walk.

"The Chalk Walk is just something the Parks Department puts on every summer around this time — back to school time," she said. "It's just a great way to get people from the community out to the parks ... we do have some local artists, we have some local businesses here to compete against each other."

The teams marked their territory with signposts and were hard at work at the outset of the Chalk Walk—there were a wide arrangement of drawings, from undersea landscapes to playful portraits of cartoon monsters.

For Anderson, this is all part of the fun of spending the summer interning with the Parks Department.

"I've only been interning with the Parks Department since May. It's been so much fun! I love the Parks Department," Anderson said. "I love all of the people I work with. It's been a really great experience."

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