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Pollinator week in full swing with chalk walk

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RONAN — The Lake County Conservation District has brought national Pollinator Week to Ronan with trivia, a block party and a competitive chalk walk. 

Pollinator Week was initiated by the Pollinator Partnership and according to their website, 14 years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the designation of a week in June as National Pollinator Week to address the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. 

Pollinators are important to the local agriculture and to the rest of the world, Saige Jibben of the conservation district said. Their efforts in Ronan are all about raising awareness on the decline of pollinators. “It’s whatever we can do to support them,” she said. 

Accompanied by a Trivia Takeover at the Co-op Brewery earlier this week, which was packed with gamified education about pollinators, the chalk walk began on Friday, June 17. Around twenty spots in downtown Ronan were outlined with tape, one space for each contestant to work in. This year’s theme is Bees and Blooms and the participants have not disappointed. 

Armed with a spray to protect their designs from any foul weather, local artists have been working through the weekdays on their beautiful variety of pollinator-themed designs. A couple of young contestants finished their artwork on day one, while chalk art veterans took a few more days to get their pieces just right. 

The chalk art entries will be judged by members of the Conservation District board on the last day of Pollinator Week. Last-minute entries are welcome, as long as there’s still room and those interested can contact Jibben at: to sign up for free. 

Once final judging has concluded this Friday at 5 p.m., a street closure party will end the week and take place next to the brewery. There will be food trucks and games and the district hopes to see a good turnout. 

“We’re hoping to make this a yearly thing,” Jibben said. “We want to build on it as the years go on.”

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