SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Downtown Syracuse was decked out in color once again Saturday for the 28th annual Street Painting Festival.

The event, organized by the Syracuse New Times, invites local artists of all ages to create works of art using chalk along Montgomery Street.

The festival takes place during Arts Week, which attracts thousands downtown to celebrate the visual and performing arts.

Local artists say they're glad to see the younger generation getting involved in these events.

"I think downtown is attracting more young people, which is an art community. It's really nice, I'm in like the adult division here and there's about five people in the adult division but the rest are kids and teenagers and that's great,” says artist Abigal Leonards.

Prizes are given out to the first and second-place winners for each age group, as well as for the People's Choice Award.