We took a break from Chalk It Up in 2009.  
Since we live in Nevada City now, the 70 mile
trip was a little daunting for 3 days in a row
with the kids and the chalking gear.  We spent
our Labor Day weekend creating crystal prisms
and glass fusing instead.  Maybe next year.
Steve has participated almost every year in Chalk It Up Sacramento
since 1998.  Kellie has participated each year from 2001 to 2008.
Chalk-It-Up! to Sacramento is a non-profit organization created to benefit children's art
education programs in the Sacramento area. Sponsors purchase squares and artists
donate their time creating the work. The park is full of creative people during this event
making it our favorite family event.

The Annual Festival is Labor Day weekend each year.  3 days of hot temperatures in
downtown Sacramento on your hands and knees pressing soft chalk into a cement
sidewalk square.  It is SO much FUN!
Some of us use the "rub the skin off of your fingers because the
blood helps keep the colors on the cement" approach for color
Others go the easy route and use water and a paint brush.