WEST FARGO — After weeks of spring conditions, West Fargoans are hoping for one more weekend of warm weather when Color Fest kicks off April 17.

Color Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Yards on Sheyenne. Community members and local artists will be welcome to paint Sheyenne Street intersections from Second Avenue West to Fourth Avenue West.

The art event is planned as a way to bring the community downtown to Sheyenne Street to showcase local art talent and as an official kickoff to work that has begun on the $10.5 million reconstruction of Sheyenne Street.

The city has chosen artists that include Leigh Nelson, Lesley Anne Buegel of Fargo and Nicole Gagner of Bismarck, who submitted designs that will be incorporated onto the street.

The public is invited to then join the artists on the street to help bring their individual visions to life. West Fargo will supply all paint and materials.

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The event was proposed as West Fargo aims to bring a sense of having a "downtown" to the city along Sheyenne Street. The area north of Interstate 94 was recently renamed "The Yards" as a nod to West Fargo's stockyard history.

"The Yards on Sheyenne and this artwork denote entities with shared centers – a place with a revered past and evolving future," Nelson said in her design submission. "Symmetrical patterns represent harmony and balance, while the contrast of black and white evoke clarity as an explicit reminder to remain truthful and honest in efforts, undertakings, and relationships with one another and our surroundings."

Economic Development Director Lauren Orchard said she hopes a similar event may be held annually.

The city is expecting about 200 attendees, with about 45 elementary, middle and high school students creating art along the streets as well.

Yards businesses have been invited to host day-specific sales and events on Saturday as well.

For more information, visit https://www.westfargond.gov/1139/COLOR-FEST.

An alternative plan will be made if weather or COVID-19 conditions prohibit the event from safely occurring.