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Thunder Bay

Come showcase your artistic talent and imagination along the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail sidewalk during the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival!

Co-hosted by Thunder Bay Arts and Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

The contest is open to ALL and includes the following divisions and registration fee.


DIVISIONS   REGISTRATION FEE (Includes box of 48 brightly colored, washable sidewalk chalks)
Children 10 and under $5 (Require onsite adult supervision and signature on registration form.)
Youth 11 to 17 $5 (Require adult signature on registration form.)
Adults 18 and up $10
Family/Team (up to 4 members) $15 (Requires at least one adult if children 10 and under are part of the team.)


Registration Form
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A box of 48 brightly colored chalks are included as part of each registration. Only chalks provided at registration can be used for the contest. No personal art supplies will be allowed. Artists can bring their own unscented hair spray to use as a temporary fixative.

You may pre-register to save time the day of the event until noon, July 3rd either online (thunderbayfriends.org), by mail, or in person at: Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707. You may also register the day of the event as long as chalk supplies are available.


  • Children: $50 First Place
  • Youth: $50 First Place
  • Adult: $50 First Place
  • Family/Team: $50 First Place
  • People’s Choice Award: Set of Four (4) Tickets for a Cruise aboard Lady Michigan glass-bottom boat. (Redeemable from July 5 2020 to July 3, 2021)

Bandura Gypsies
Music & Chalk Art Illustrators

July 3
12pm Pre-Registration Deadline

July 4
10am Check-in Begins
10am-2pm View Artists at Work
2pm-3pm Official & People’s Choice Award Judging**
3:30pm Awards

CO-HOSTS: Thunder Bay Arts and Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary