Prairie Chicken Festival

The 2019 Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival is here!

Celebrate Art & Creativity in Kewanee, IL!
The canvas is the Go-Kart track, located west of the Amtrak Station in downtown Kewanee, IL.
Join the fun! Show off your chalk art skills!

Categories: Youth squares: 45” x 45” (Three categories: Ages 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17)
Adult amateur squares: 96” x 96”
Adult professional squares will vary in size, some measuring 120” x 120”.

Teams of two or more people may chalk in the same space; 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).

Registration: Pre-registration is recommended as spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first serve basis. Participants may register at the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce in person or through mail, or available online at Participants may register the day of the event as space allows.

Fee: ADULT/PROFESSIONAL: $50 – includes professional chalk, one $10 restaurant gift card, tote bag.
ADULT/AMATEUR: $35 – includes professional chalk, and tote bag.
YOUTH: $10 – includes chalk, and tote bag.

*Want to be near someone? Please submit registrations together noting request.

Materials: Adult Amateur and Professional participants will be supplied with a box of high-quality artist chalk, hand wipes, and water at check-in. Bring your own spray water bottles and additional color chalk specific to chalk art design.

Awards: Awards and winners will be announced and given at 4pm Saturday in front of the registration booth. Award categories:

Adult Professional Champion, $600
Adult Professional People’s Choice, Trophy
Adult Professional Second Place, $350
Adult Professional Third Place, $200
Adult Amateur Champion, $250
Adult Amateur People’s Choice, Trophy
Adult Amateur Second Place, $150
Adult Amateur Third Place, $100
Youth Champion, Ages 18-14, $100
Youth Champion, Ages 13-11, $50, Art Kit & Ribbon
Youth Champion, Ages 10-5, $50, Art Kit & Ribbon
Youth People’s Choice, Trophy

Additional Rules & Guidelines:

Drawings must be appropriate for public viewing.
You may use any or all of the assigned space.
No commercial stencils allowed. You may bring tools such as masking tape, rulers, or cardboard to mask off areas while working. Some find it helpful to use a “wet technique” by dipping chalk in water, bring a sponge!
Feel free to bring any prepared sketches to work from.
If you are creating an image originally created by another artist (living or deceased), it is important to credit the artist and the title near the drawing.
Do bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. You may bring a portable umbrella with stand for extra shade. You may find kneepads or a piece of cardboard helpful to kneel on.

All participants may start Friday, July 12th at 8 a.m., must be finished by 3pm, Saturday July 13th.

Photographs may be taken by Prairie Chicken Festival volunteers and used for future publicity.

Check-in: Check-in begins at 8am on Friday, July 12th, at the registration tent on the Festival Grounds.

Amateur Art Show is seeking entries!

In the spirit of the Prairie Chicken Festival’s dedication to the arts we are holding an amateur art show on the weekend of the festival at P L Damron’s Cafe at 206 N. Tremont, Kewanee, IL. Artists desiring to submit are encouraged to complete a registration form and review the terms and conditions prior to submission.

Limit 4 entries per artist.

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)


1st place in each category will receive a first place ribbon and a $50.00 Visa Gift Card

2nd place in each category will receive a ribbon and a $20.00 Chamber Gift Certificate

There is no fee to enter.


Thursday July 11, 3:00P – 6:00P Art Drop Off

Saturday July 13, 9:00A – 4:00P Art Show

Saturday July 13, 4:00P – 6:00P Art Pick Up

Please note: Artwork not picked up by Saturday July 13, 4:00P – 6:00P, will require an appointment for pickup.

For more information about the festival, to volunteer, judge, or to schedule a pickup of art, please contact:

Barbara Love Call 309-852-4505 or E-mail.

Click here to download your entry form for the Amateur Art Show as part of the 2019 Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival. 

Flea Market Details

Flea market is being held on the grassy area behind The Station Restaurant. Booth space cost $15.00, free to attend. Contact Brenda, 309-853-9419, to register.

Food Vendor Details – Taste of Henry County

New this year – All area restaurants are cordially invited to prepare and share their best dishes.

Rita from The Station will be assisting with this new event. Let’s see who has the best dish…more details to come.

This will be located in the Berrian Park, where there is plenty of electricity and space.

To take part in the Taste of Henry County, fill out this entry form, linked here, and return it to Rita Haddad at The Station in Kewanee at 300 West 3rd Street in Kewanee, IL.

For further information contact Rita at 309-761-8212.

Kewanee Prairie Chicken Fine Arts and Crafts 

Vendor booths displaying fine arts and crafts for sale.  Booth Space cost $15.00, free to attend.  Contact Diane, 309-853-7934, to register. Downloard your registration form here.

1st Annual Hog City Cruise In

July 13th, 2019 – from 2-7pm


Keep checking back for more details!!!



1st Annual Prairie Chicken Festival Motorcycle Cruise-In 

July 12th, 2019 from 5 Pm to 9 Pm

No entry fee, no prizes, no set time to show up or to leave! Bikes, bands and ice cold beer! Come one, come all! All motorcycles welcome! Join us downtown Kewanee for our First annual Motorcycle Cruise in! Help us flood downtown Kewanee with all makes and models of motorcycles!



Look for the ducks near the Chalk Art and get yours while supplies last on July 13th!



Click here for downloadable version

THURSDAY, July 11th
SIDEWALK DAYS – various downtown participants
3:00-6:00pm – drop off art for Amateur Art Show & Competition at PL Damron’s, 206 N. Tremont St.
5:00pm-6:30pm – Discussion & History of the Black Knights, American Legion, 1509 Railroad Ave.
FRIDAY, July 12th
SIDEWALK DAYS – various downtown participants
8:00am-Dusk – Chalk art registration opens, artists can work until dusk, at old go-kart track west of the Station Restaurant at 300 W. 3rd St.
8:00am-Dusk – Giant Sand Pile in parking lot next to Dooley’s, corner of Tremont and Third Streets.
11:00am-3:00pm – Neville Brand Film Festival at the Wanee Theatre, free-will offering.
1:00-4:00pm – Kewanee Historical Society & Museum open, 211 N. Chestnut St.
5:00-9:00pm – Reiman’s Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Cruise-In, corner of Chestnut & Second Streets.
5:00-9:00pm – KayaMBee Band, 300 W. 3rd St., bring lawn chairs!
5:00-9:00pm – Beer Garden at Station, 300 W. 3rd St., bring lawn chairs!
SATURDAY, July 13th
SIDEWALK DAYS – various downtown participants
7:00am – 11:00am – “Guns & Hoses” Breakfast by Kewanee Police & Fire Departments, 114 N. Chestnut St., Johnson Appliance Parking Lot
7:00am – 7:00pm – Flea Market, 300 W. 3rd St. behind Station Restaurant
8:00-11:00 – YMCA/Kewanee Animal Shelter “Step with your Pets” Run/Walk at West Park
8:00am – 1:00 – Kewanee Farmer’s Market at Berrien Park, downtown by Amtrak Station
8:00am – 2:00pm – Antique Tractor Drive & Display, Burger King to Regional Media Parking Lot
8:00am – 3pm – Chalk art continues, with judging between 3-4pm, at old go-kart track west of the Station Restaurant at 300 W. 3rd St., winner’s announced at 4:00pm
8:00am-5:00pm – Uncle Bud’s Apple Cider Slush, Sutton & Assoc. Parking Lot at 100 N. Main St.
8:00am-5:00pm – Self Guided Mural Tours
8:00am – Dusk – Giant Sand Pile in parking lot next to Dooley’s, corner of Tremont and Third Streets
9:00am – 3:00pm – Arts, Crafts & Snack Vendors at Berrien Park, downtown by Amtrak Station
9:00am – 4:00pm – Amateur Art Show at PL Damron’s, 206 N. Tremont St.
10:00-11am – Andrews Family Magic Show, New View Furniture, 117 W. 2nd St.
10:00-1:45 – Free Mural Tours in Henry Co. Transportation Buses, 300 W. 3rd St., meet on north side of Historical Society by big Kewanee sign
10:00am – 2:00pm – “Survive Alive Smoke House”, KFD, in parking lot next to Dooley’s, corner of Tremont and Third Streets
10:00am – 2:00pm – KPD, Roscoe the Drug Dog, in parking lot next to Dooley’s, corner of Tremont and Third Streets
10:00am – 2:00pm – “A Taste of Henry County”, Berrien Park, downtown by Amtrak Station
10:00am – 3:00pm – Face Painting by Nik, Berrien Park, W. 3rd St.
10:00am – 3:00pm – FunBelievable Balloons, Berrien Park, W. 3rd St.
10:00am-4:00pm – Antique Fire Truck Rides, corner of Loomis & Tremont Streets
10:00am – 4:00pm – Kewanee Historical Society open, 211 N. Chestnut St.
11:00am – 2:00pm – United Way Train kids ride at Berrien Park, W. 3rd St.
11:00am-3:00pm – Neville Brand Film Festival at the Wanee Theatre, free will offering
Noon-1:00pm – The Community Band, Chalk Art Site, W. 3rd St.
Noon-1:30 – Furry Friends Petting Zoo, 300 W. 3rd St. by Station Restaurant
2:00-3:00pm – Andrews Family Magic Show, New View Furniture, 117 W. 2nd St.
2:00-7:00pm – Hog City Cruise-In, 2nd St.
3:30-4:00pm – the Duck Pond game sponsored by Mc Donald’s, kids 8 & under, W. 3rd St./chalk-art site
4:00pm – Student Artwork winning school announced at chalk-art site
4:00pm – Art Show winners announced at chalk-art site
4:00pm – Chalk Art Competition winners announced at chalk-art site
6:00pm – Dedication for Kewanee Black Knights Drum & Bugle Corp at mural site, reception following at American Legion Post 31

Forms: (May also be picked up at Kewanee Public Library)

Artist Entry | Food Vendor Application | Art Application | Chalk Art Registation

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