#LOMPOCCHALKS CHALK FESTIVAL!
The brainchild of local Don Fletcher, organizer Barbara Satterfield and a dedicated team of over 20 volunteers spent a year planning and executing the first annual Lompoc Chalks Festival.
Friday night started at the Lompoc Theatre where the delicious food was catered by Central Coast Specialty Foods, the fine wine was poured by wineries Montemar, Hilliard Bruce, Temperance Cellars, Sweetzer Cellars, Lafond Winery and Fiddlehead. Sarah and Paul Barthel performed show tunes on the stage, the first time live music had been performed in the theatre in over a decade.
Following the meet and greet, the party moved to the Anderson Parks and Recreation center for cocktails, dinner by Valley Grill, and dancing to Benny Contreras and his band, Hard Times. A silent auction was held after dinner.
The event on Saturday and Sunday was held in downtown Lompoc, at the two public parking lots located at Cypress Avenue and I Streets, near "Art Alley" in the Old Town area. There were artisan vendors, food trucks, and entertainment onstage - also a beer and wine garden.
Open to the public with a suggested donation, the festival was well received on perhaps the most beautiful days of the year.
While many artists were local, these was also a community of chalk artists who traveled across the state and country to participate in our chalk festival, bringing their families and art teams. A featured event artist was hired by the organizer and paid to attend. All the other artists donate their time for the love of their art.
Many vendors were onsite and sold their beautiful handmade artisan items.
We predict substantial growth in future years as an annual event in the perfect town of Lompoc, the City of Arts and Flowers.