It was a sunny and crisp day, perfect for decorating a sidewalk with chalk.

And such was the artistic mission of the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and the Arts Saturday, as part of its first, and soon to be annual, Apalach Chalk Art Fest.

With Center Director Merril Livingston at the helm, with assistance from Jenny Odom and her two fellow judges, Franklin County art teacher Lydia Countryman and Holly Brown, the day proved a colorful delight, as the sidewalks of Riverfront Park were slowly and painstakingly covered in brightly colored chalk designs.

In keeping with the theme of Ocean Treasures, ABC School first grader Cooper Taranto did a shark eating a boat at nighttime, while third grader Addison Martin did an anchor and two mermaids, and her younger sister, first grader Payton, chalked her family at the beach. Franklin County Jeremiah Allen emblazoned his name on his art, as did so many of the others.

There were visions of Tate's Hell, self-portraits, abstract images, cactii from the Southwest, you name it, it was there.

For refreshments, Elizabeth Thomas was on hand with her Mellow Mullet shaved ice truck, complete with hot cocoa, and there was face painting too. and music.

It wasn't a super-competitive event, but there were winners among the 55 participants, each reciving a t-shirt and a ribbon.

In the youngest age group, up to age 5, Kierstyn Carter was third (she had chalked with her great-grandmother Brenda Wilson), Kaegan Siprell was second, and a boy named Owen was first.

In the age 6 to 10 group, Kingston Williams took first and second, and Payton Mallon was third.

In the 11 to 14 age group, Delilah Penate, from Boca Raton, was first with her self-portrait, while Handley Pitts was second and Sophia Strickland third.

Among the adults, Jared Weston won, while Robin Gordon was second and Shelly Shepard third.

Sponsors included Apalach Outfitters, Apalachicola Chocolate Company, Cates Electric, the Tourst Development Council, and Teresa Ann Martin.