Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival Honors Scarboro 85


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – The annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival aims to bring a piece of the past to life to inspire community unity. This year’s theme is “Honoring Scarboro 85,” the courageous students who entered Oak Ridge High School and Robertsville Junior High on September 6, 1955.

Proceeds from the event provide scholarships to students at Roane State Community College in Anderson County. Almost $ 300,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the festival began in 1999. Over the past 10 years, at least 75 students have been assisted by the scholarships.

Cash prizes will be awarded ranging from $ 15 to $ 300. Best of Show wins $ 300 while Audience Award will receive $ 200. The other prizes for each category are $ 75 for first place, $ 25 for second and $ 15 for third. There is also a $ 25 bonus prize.

Chalk and free supplies will be provided. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 16, and the painting begins at 8 p.m. in Jackson Square. Sponsors buy a sidewalk space for artists to use to showcase their creativity. Sponsorship levels range from $ 5.00 to $ 100. Sponsorships can be made online at roanestate.edu/streetpainting.

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