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Chalk walk pitched for festival

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Tabor Baptist Church is looking to contribute a little extra to the Hi Neighbour Festival’s half-century anniversary.

The church, located at 710 Madeline St., is floating the idea of having a chalk walk at the event, where some of the city’s finest chalk artists would come and create art on the street using sidewalk chalk.

Pastor Rod Giesbrecht noted such attractions are popular in the United States and he hopes to be able to bring one to Transcona.

Giesbrecht has been in talks with local artist Charlie Johnston, who previously painted a mural for the church, about creating a large chalk mural on one of the streets that will be blocked off to traffic during the festival.

"We said ‘Charlie, for the Hi Neighbour 50th, we’d like to do something special. We’ve got the street closed, we’ve got a big tapestry, what about (creating) one of those really nice, three-dimensional pictures?’" Giesbrecht said, noting the exact nature of the mural is being discussed.

Giesbrecht said the church is looking to get some prize money together to hold a contest for additional artists. Those interested can contact him at the church at 204-222-6061.

"What happens if we had maybe some prize money, and talked to some others, and did two or three or four of those?" Giesbrecht said.

The Hi Neighbour Festival is slated to take place from June 6 to 8.

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