VENICE – Another one bites the dust in the wake of the red tide. In fact, because red tide is in the air, chalk dust will not be.

The 2018 International Chalk Festival has been postponed from November to an date yet to be determined next spring. The festival had been scheduled to run from November 9th through the 12th, but red tide has forced the festival to move it back.

The Chalk Festival would have been celebrating its 11th year in existence, but that milestone will have to wait. The 2018 show was scheduled to showcase the works of 250 artists. If the show goes on in the spring, a highlight is expected to be a restoration of the 2014 Guinness World Record Megalodon Shark piece.