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By Ashley Holland

AChalk Art Festival will be inaugurated at this year’s RidgeFest, Saturday, Sept. 9 from 3 to 9 p.m., in the heart of the Ridge at 38 district. RidgeFest is a free family-friendly event highlighting the agricultural heritage and handmade/homemade appeal of Ridge at 38 and the entire Wheat Ridge community.

In addition to the new festival, the event will feature four bluegrass bands, a classic car show, cottage food contests, an international heritage festival, vendors, food trucks, local beer and wine, and lots of kids’ activities.

Wheat Ridge resident Olivia McLeod and her family will head up the Chalk Art Festival with the support of the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission. McLeod has a passion for chalk art and recently won the People’s Choice award at the 2017 Denver Chalk Art Festival. The artists will work all morning and afternoon to create unique works of art. Between 3 and 6 p.m., RidgeFest attendees will witness the artists finishing their pieces. After 6 p.m., attendees can view the finished work.

Quickdraw Homegrown Music will kick off the bluegrass concerts at 3 p.m. Heartstring Hunters is the second act at 4:15 p.m., and Thunder and Rain will follow at 5:30 p.m. This year’s headliner, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, will take the stage at 7 p.m.

This year’s cottage food categories will be bread, fruit pies, and jams/jellies.

Those interested in showing off their classic car or their winning recipe can learn more about competing at Ridgeat38.com. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also still available. Contact CDoran@WeAreLocalworks.org for more information.

Ridge at 38 is Wheat Ridge’s central commercial district, located on West 38th Avenue between Sheridan and Wadsworth Boulevards. It hosts a variety of events designed to foster a close relationship between the merchants and the community.

Localworks is a community-based, non-profit development corporation advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community. Both community and economic development work is done through activities and investments affecting the housing, businesses, policies and identity of the City of Wheat Ridge.

For a full schedule of RidgeFest events, visit Ridgeat38.com.