WAUSAU (WAOW) -- The big weekend in central Wisconsin is finally here.
After a lot of preparation and excitement, families are enjoying many festivities in Wausau.
Chalkfest got started Saturday, adding to the excitement of Balloon and Rib Fest that has been going on.
"It brings in the people, lots of people coming from all directions," said Rich Peterson of Ogema.
Tom Gennerman of Okonomowoc says he and his family "drove 120 miles to come and see this great event."
"People literally stay in town for the weekend just to come and watch and observe," said Emily Voss of Wausau.
With Chalkfest happening along with Balloon and Rib Fest, all eyes were on the Wausau community.
"Everybody's out here to have fun," said Brett Budzinski of Wausau. "Nobody's out here really being serious."
"We're kind of a diamond in the rough that people don't necessarily take the time to see what all we have here, but I think it's just an amazing community," Voss said.
The artistic skill in central Wisconsin was on full display at the 400 block.
"It's just really increased every year," said Voss. "There's become more and more of this blossoming talent."
"This year, I really wanted to challenge myself and do my own artwork because I want people to see that you don't have to copy something," Budzinski said. "Not that copying's bad, but do your own stuff because that'll be more true to yourself."
Some people say being in Wausau for this weekend is like a family reunion.
"It's so cool to see the young children doing it for the first time and then the people I've gotten to know through Chalkfest over the past ten years," said Voss.
With so much going on like balloons going up and airplane rides being made available, people say it makes them proud of central Wisconsin.
Fireworks are scheduled to start at the Balloon and Rib Fest at 9:45 p.m.