Children from last year's festival participate in the side walk chalk competition. (Photo submitted)
Children from last year's festival participate in the side walk chalk competition. (Photo submitted)

OTTAWA - The annual Blanchard River Art Guild (BRAG) art festival, now known as Festival in the Flats, is slated for Saturday May 11 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Walnut Street.

The main focus of the festival is the fine arts exhibits. Artwork from local artist will be on display for viewing and purchasing throughout the festivities. BRAG is expecting 12 to 13 artist to have booths this year.

"Our focus is to get people exposed to the arts," said BRAG president Bruce Stowe.

The festival, now in its seventh year, also features a KidZone from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Numerous activities are planned for the KidZone and all activities are free.

A rare feature of the event this year is the opportunity to paint a car. Imm's Body Shop is providing the car and children will be encouraged to paint their special designs on the car. Paint and brushes will be provided.

There will also be a sidewalk chalk art contest for residents of all ages. Prizes will be awarded in different age categories.

Other artistic activities offered in the KidZone include clay sculpting, paper hat making, and mosaics. Children can also learn to make their own instruments.

Also on hand will be free entertainment as well as food and refreshments. Schnipke's will be open as well as grilled food throughout the street.