By Jeff Rebitski, Staff Writer

RIVERTON – The Long shadows created a stunning effect on the chalk art masterpieces around the sidewalks at the Riverton Library Wednesday night while the band played a selection of mid century, modern and folk music for the 120 or so people that brought their lawn chairs, sat in the shade and enjoyed the laughter and inspiration demonstrated by the participants.

The Fremont County Library District sponsored the event to draw people from all around Riverton for the family oriented event. Chalk was provided for the participants as they used each sidewalk square as their canvas. Every conceivable style of art was represented, from portraits to modern and still life. One pair of teens even brought their pet duck as a model. 

The event was created almost 8 years ago and Tanner Miller of the Library, was the guy in charge and states that it went well. It brings people to the library to demonstrate the multi use and diversity of activities that the dedicated staff at the facility provide for the public. 

“We want to let the community know that we are always trying to come up with ways to provide activities that include them. 

No money was required to participate but the “Friends of the Library District” work tirelessly to support all of these functions with their sales of items and books. 

“We love to bring activities like this to the people of Riverton,” said Miller.

The group that entertained during the event, Aaron Davis and the Mystery Machine, were enjoyable to watch as they regaled the audience with tunes from many different Genres.

When a break was taken by some of the group, Aaron Davis performed his “One man band” routine as he used several instruments at one time. 

People came from all over to participate and families like the Nation’s came from Hudson with their children Morgan and Lacy, who worked with their dad, John on a team project while mom, Amber worked alone. Michelle Anderson directed her kids, Vincent and Addisyn while the Fuller family helped. Both families are from Riverton.

When asked, Tanner Miller stated that there are more events coming at the end of July, like “Movies on the Lawn,” that will play movies and provide popcorn for attendees. 

The winners of the art competition were thrilled to be recognized and are certain to return next year to defend their titles.