A Family Friendly Festival Showcasing Public Art in Kewanee!

Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival - July 13th and 14th, 2018

Chalk Art Competition - Car Show - Art Show - 

History in the Paint Mural Tours - Farmer's Market

Downtown Kids Window Art -

Giant Sand Pile - YMCA Color Fun Run -

Magic Show - Petting Zoo

Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival is an exciting event designed to celebrate the creativity of the Kewanee and surrounding area residents and promote the importance of public art. Throughout the weekend of July 13 - 14, 2018, professional and amateur artists will create colorful art on a concrete canvas sure to catch your eye.

2017 Recap 

2017 was another great year for the Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival. The Festival attendance was amazing, and everyone had a great time. Once again, it was a perfect location for experienced artists and newbies to create their masterpieces. 

CHALK  ART  FESTIVAL-  is located at 200 W 3rd St.  

  • competition begins on Friday, July 13th at 8 a.m., must be finished by Saturday, July 14th at 3 p.m.
  • The canvas is a Go-Kart track located west of the Amtrak Station.
  • There are a number of competitive and "just for fun" categories.
  • "Youth square"  is 45"x45" with 3 categories: ages  5-10, 11-13 and 14-17.
  • Youth have a $10 signup fee which includes chalk and (1) t-shirt. 
  • "Adult /Amateur" square is 96"x 96", and is $35 which includes professional chalk and (1) t-shirt.
  • "Adult Professional" square will vary in size, some measuring  120" x 120" with cost being $50, which includes professional chalk, and a t-shirt.

Additional details and information:

  • Teams of two or more people may chalk in the same place: individual registration fee applies.
  • While participants of all ages may work in the adult squares, youth squares are limited to youth age 17 and under (parents or guardians may assist as needed).


  • Pre-registration is recommended as spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Participants may register at Kewanee Chamber of Commerce in person or by mail.
  • Also to sign up, click here.
  • Participants may also register the day of the event as space allows.
  • Want to be near someone? Please submit registration together noting request.


Awards and winners will be announced and given at 4 p.m. on Saturday in front of the registration booth.

Award categories are: 

  • Adult Professional Champion- $500
  • Adult Professional People's Choice- Trophy
  • Adult Professional Second Place-$250
  • Adult Professional Third Place-$100


  • Adult/Amateur Champion-$50
  • Adult/Amateur People's Choice- Trophy


  • Youth Champion (18-14)- Dick Blick Gift Certificate
  • Youth Champion (13-11) Art Kit & Ribbon
  • Youth Champion (10-5) Art Kit & Ribbon
  • Youth People's Choice- Trophy


  • Adult/ Amateur and Youth will be supplied with a box of high quality artist chalk.
  • You will also receive hand wipes and water at check-in.
  • Bring your own spray water bottles and additional color chalk specific to chalk art design.

Want to display YOUR artistic skills? Click here for Chalk Art Registration Form

21st Annual Kewanee Car Show

21st Annual Kewanee Car Show will cover the downtown streets with one of the biggest shows around!! 

  • Starting on Friday, July 13th, CRUISE NIGHT from 5:00p.m.-9p.m. with DJ Caesar Greene
  • Located in Berrian Park, corner or Tremont, and 3rd St.
  • Saturday, July 14th RAIN or SHINE is the Kewanee Car Show.
  • Registration is 8 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at P.L.Damron's.
  • Participant Judging Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Award Presentation at 3:30 p.m.
  • Also, Spark Plug Changing contest and Creeper Races.
  • Contact Dan Garcia at (309)540-8686 for info.

Stroll and enjoy the car show featuring over 150 vintage cars parked along downtown Kewanee streets, dine at one of the local restaurants for lunch, and visit locally-owned specialty shops and their unique wares. (Held Rain or Shine)

Click here for the 21st Annual Kewanee Car Show Registration Form

Prairie Chicken Art Show -

Saturday, July 14th, 9-4p.m.

In the spirit of the Prairie Chicken Festival's dedication to the arts, we are holding an amateur art exhibition on the weekend of the festival at the Kewanee Elks Lodge. Artists desiring to submit are encouraged to complete a registration form and review the terms and conditions prior to submissions.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Your artwork for the show needs to be delivered to the Elk's Lodge, 113 N. Tremont by Thurs, July 12th, starting at 3 pm and ending at 6 pm.
  • Judging will be done on Friday, July 13th, and open to the public on Saturday for viewing from 9-4p.m.  Art needs to be picked up by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The categories are:

  • Photography, Black, and White
  • Photography, People and /or Animals
  • Photography, Landscape and/or flowers
  • Painting
  • Graphic Art
  • 3 Dimensional Art

(see terms and conditions for examples of categories by clicking here)


  • 1st Place in each category will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card and a first place ribbon.
  • 2nd Place in each category will receive a $20.00 Chamber Gift Certificate and a ribbon.
  • Entry forms and additional information available:  click here 
  • Or email:   
  • Or call:      (309)852-4505 for more details                                

Downtown Kids Window Art -


Last year the Prairie Chicken Festival Committee added something new. We invited Kewanee area schools to submit artwork from their students to be displayed in the windows of downtown merchants during the week of the festival. K-12 students were invited to enter. Each student was permitted to enter one item.

A total of 408 pieces of art were collected from participating schools!!!

The goal of this project was to have some great artwork displayed downtown for all to see, to encourage and celebrate our young artists, and to supply one school with additional art supplies at a time when funding is challenging. The response was amazing!

  • Each child is allowed to enter one piece of art
  • Their school name is put in the drawing for that piece.
  • The drawing will be done at the Chalk Art Competition sight on Saturday, July 14th around 4p.m.
  • The artwork will be returned to each of the school's art department after the festival weekend.
  • Contact Dianne Packee for more information at (309)312-0168
  • Click here for 

Vendors in Berrien Park -  

Saturday, July 14th from 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., at the corner of Tremont and 3rd Street. Always popular is the "Farmers Market". During normal operating hours, they are located every Saturday and Wednesday in the park from 7:30 a.m - 11 a.m.

During the festival, you will find many homemade items for purchase. Contact Diane DeMay or Gailyn Johnson for more details. Or click here for the 2018 Vendor Application and Registration.

Giant Sandpile -

One of the favorite spots for the kiddies is the huge sand pile each year on the corner of Tremont and 3rd Street across from Berrian Park. Donated by Ratliff's Triangle Concrete, bring your shovels and buckets or use the ones supplied by the festival committee.

Mural Tours - 

This year we have secured transportation with the help of Henry County Transportation.

Here is the schedule of tours:

 The tours will run from 5pm-9pm, and will start at CSB Bank, 300 N. Main St. 
 Round 15-6:15pm6:15-7:30pm7:30-8:45pm 
 Round 25:30-6:45pm6:45-8:00pm8:00-9:15pm

  • We are looking for volunteers to be guides on the bus.
  • Buses are handicapped accessible and air-conditioned.
  • Guide sheets are available along with brochures.  
  • Please contact Dianne Packee 309-312-0168  if you are interested and looking to help out in your community.

YMCA Color Fun Run

Another fun time will be had for all.....

  • YMCA will once again be having their "COLOR FUN RUN" on Saturday, July 14th.
  • Contact the YMCA for more information

Andrew's Family Magic - 

Andrew's Family Magic will once again be here on Saturday, July 14th.

  • The "SHOW OF  WONDERS" will take place next to the Chalk Art sight
  • It  will be performing two shows, one at 10 a.m. and the second at 22 p.m.
  • Andrew's Magic performed for us back in 2013 during the Walldogs event and were enjoyed by so many that we booked them again for 2 shows in 2014.
  • Children of ALL ages will be captivated by the mystery of magic! Shows run approximately 40 min.

Fury Friends Petting Zoo - 

Fury Friends is new to us this year. Thousands see their petting zoos every year.

  • Deb Moreland is from Princeton, Il and has been doing shows for 20 years.
  • The zoo will here on Saturday, July 14th from 11:30a.m.- 1:30p.m
  • Located at the Chalk Art site.
  • "Fury Friends" comes to us with about 15-17 animals.
  • Featuring an alpaca, mini horse, ducks, silkie chicken, skunk, prairie dog and many more.
  •  Insured and USDA inspected and sure to be a hit with the kids.

Center City - 

Located at 117 W 2nd St

  • Is once again the " hotspot" for children's activities.
  • Saturday, July 14th, from 10a.m.-4p.m.
  • Bring the kiddos in for fun and games. One never knows "WHO" you will see there!

Important Links:

Interested in being a Vendor....need forms and applications?

Vendor Registration Form

Click here for the Artist Registration Form

Click here to view the new Terms & Conditions

Join in the FUN! July 13-14, 2018

Celebrating Public Art and Creativity in Downtown Kewanee.


Many, Many more activities!!!