Chalk up another successful event; Dickinson Parks and Rec event winners announced

A look back at the 2021 Chalk Walk in Dickinson on Aug. 17.

A local artist stencils a softball player in with chalk during the 2021 Chalk Walk that took place Aug. 17, 2021. (Contributed / Jennie Lynn Black)

Last week, local businesses, organizations and even the city’s firefighters traded in their water hoses for a bucket of chalk to express their creativity on sidewalks — designing a mural of artwork.

Hosted by Dickinson Parks and Recreation, the 2021 Chalk Walk drew in a bountiful number of artists from the community on Aug. 17 at Memorial Park Bandshell, who spent three hours chalking a gallery of designs and fictional characters in more than 50 squares. The goal of the free community event was to “encourage creativeness and expression of art in music and also in the creativity expressed through chalk on concrete surfaces throughout the park,” according to a Dickinson Parks and Recreation press release.

Claiming first place for business/organization sponsor winners was Donut Hole with their “Puppy and Donuts Photo,” which was sponsored by Boomers Boarding and Donut Hole. Second place was “Spider-Man,” which was sponsored by Ironworks Welding Inc.; “Toy Stories Woody and Buzz Light Year” came in at third place that was sponsored by Infinity Real Estate.


First place for individual artist contest winners went to “Dumbo,” designed by Sophia, Evy and Scarlet. “Starlight” created by Victoria Connaughton came in second place, with “Summer Donkey in Chalk” by Meceigh Meaders taking third.

“It is a great way to come out and promote your business or organization and team build,” Dickinson Parks and Recreation officials said. “Individuals of all ages create pieces that are fun and vibrant and encourage creativeness. The event is for everyone, even if you are just chalking for fun in the dozen locations set up with a bucket of colorful chalk and color the concrete.”

The 2021 Chalk Walk entry sign is pictured. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

A colorful portrait of a dog is drawn in chalk. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

A bucket of chalk is pictured. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson firefighter Ian Mcgovern utilizes his art skills during the 2021 Chalk Walk in Dickinson on Aug. 17, 2021. (Contributed / Dickinson Fire Department)


A detailed sketch of Spider-Man is drawn with chalk. (Contributed / Jennie Lynn Black)

Businesses and organizations came out to compete in the event by chalking their logos on a square that they pre-registered for, and promoting upcoming events such as the Harvest Fest 2021, happening on Sept. 18 at Dickinson State University.

As community members and families embodied their inner artist physiques, Blake Dunn, of Dickinson, serenaded the crowd, singing and playing his guitar. Relay for Life also had a trailer of baked good and grilled meats for attendees to indulge in at the park.

For those who are interested in competing in the 2022 Chalk Walk, contact the Dickinson Parks and Recreation at 701-456-2074 or visit

Firefighters of the Dickinson Fire Department trade in their fire hoses for chalk during the 2021 Chalk Walk in Dickinson on Aug. 17, 2021. (Contributed / Dickinson Fire Department)

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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