Chalkfest comes up short of record; organizers still call it a success

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
Cheryl Hillard, of Kingston, left, assists her grandson Bruce Knowles, 5, of Shavertown, with his drawing at ChalkFest along the River Common in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Area residents attempted to break the Guinness World Record for longest chalk drawing on Saturday.

Unfortunately their efforts fell a bit short, but the Riverfront Parks Committee achieved their goal of uniting the community for a common goal, according to Executive Director John Maday.

“It would have been nice to break the record but we got families with children and members of the community to come out and have a great time,” Maday said.

Maday said it was hard for surveyors to determine if the Guinness record was broken because of the course’s path and the darkness.

“It got really dark out, and we didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” he said. “Safety was our number one priority.

“The flooding and rainy summer, we had also was a strong deterrent in us breaking the record,” Maday added. “I think we would have broken the record had we not had to change the course two times.”

Maday said the Riverfront Parks Committee is already working toward next year’s ChalkFest, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

“I think now that we kind of know what the pressure is like to try and set a record, we can go back and see how we can improve to break another record,” Maday said. “I think next year instead of attempting to try and break the longest chalk drawing again, I think we will try to set the record for largest chalk drawing, in terms of total surface area.”

Despite the record still belonging to the city of Greeley, Colorado, Maday still believes the ninth annual ChalkFest was still a success.

“People are going to have memories of this for years,” he mentioned. “I got so many compliments from people about what a great event it was and they said they are looking forward to next year.”

Cheryl Hillard, of Kingston, left, assists her grandson Bruce Knowles, 5, of Shavertown, with his drawing at ChalkFest along the River Common in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_TTL093018ChalkFest_3-2-.jpgCheryl Hillard, of Kingston, left, assists her grandson Bruce Knowles, 5, of Shavertown, with his drawing at ChalkFest along the River Common in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By Dan Stokes

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