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Wausau's Chalkfest brings artists of all ages togetherSubmitted: 07/16/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera
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Wausau's Chalkfest brings artists of all ages together
WAUSAU - Every year, Wausau's annual Chalkfest brings out thousands of people. From experienced artists to first-timers, organizers say the event is for everyone.

"There's young, old…whatever…and some of them are really excellent artists," said 65-year-old Louis Buch from New London.

Buch is a truck driver who enjoys art. He and his granddaughter, Zalia Haines, are used to observing the chalk drawings.


"We've been coming and watching it and she's always [wanted] to participate," said Buch.

But this year, they're two of the artists creating the drawings.

"She turned 12 this year so now she's old enough so I told her I would come and do it with her," said Buch.
 
Buch and Zalia named their piece "Five More Minutes" and they've got a pretty good reason why.

"We caught so many fish and the joke on the boat was if we didn't catch a fish within five minutes we would go," said Zalia.

"Everybody kept catching a fish every now and then. An hour and a half later we finally got through five minutes and we could quit fishing," added Buch.

And their inspiration isn't from a famous drawing. The inspiration comes from the time they've spent together fishing in Three Lakes.

"We took a picture from the boat and it has all the trees and rainbows," said Zalia.

"It's nice that they can have similar likes and bond because not every family can do that," said Zalia's mom, Jessi Haines.

Chalkfest was just another way for their family to bond.

"It's a good get-together for everybody…for all generations really," said Buch.


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