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Competition, barbecue and summer fun brings thousands to Wausau

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Summer is in full swing and people from around the country are in central Wisconsin this weekend.

With many events to choose from, people are staying busy.

"This really gives people a chance to come out and see what Wausau really has to offer visually," said Dylan Hartwig.

Artists of all ages brought their skills and their chalk to downtown Wausau.

"We are doing like hyper-realistic, kind of symbolic, citizen of the world," said Hartwig.

Organizers said more than 400 artists took part in this year's Chalkfest.

"I'm kind of worried about the wing because it got a little to the wrong side, but other than that it's looking pretty good," said Chastidy Holbach.

"A lot of people transfer what they love through their art," said Hartwig.

Paddlers put their skills to the test in the Open Canoe Slalom Nationals, competing at Whitewater Park.

"The skill, I just, it's unbelievable, I don't know how I could possibly do that, I like kayaking, but this is just a whole 'nother ball game here," said Linda Ramthun.

"It's tough in the sense that it's really hard not to hit the gates and you get really tired," said Jennifer Grimm.

Balloons and kites filled the air at the Wausau Airport, as part of the Balloon Rally and Glow.

"They're pretty and I like the colors," said Mary Becker.    

"It looks like a rainbow," said Jane Becker.

If all of this weekend's activities worked up an appetite, there were plenty of ribs on the grill.

"Sauce and turn, sauce and burn is the logo," said Terrence Williams, Chicago Barbecue Co. Grillmaster.

Vendors from across the world brought their unique flavor to Ribfest.

"When the sauce and meat connects, that's when you get the ribs," said Williams.

A weekend of competition, cooking and summer fun.

A fireworks display is also scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

The balloon rally continues Sunday.

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