Danny Knoblock had been working intensely on his artwork at this year's Chalkfest. Rain prevented him from starting on Saturday, so he arrived at the 400 Block around 5:00 AM, grabbed some chalk, got on his hands and knees, and got to work. Many participated to show off their artistic abilities. But Danny was here for something bigger. A marriage proposal. With his girlfriend set to arrive soon, he had no time to waste.
"A lot of things were going through my mind," Knoblock said. "I didn't know how I was going to finish it in time. All of the years in the past that I've done Chalkfest it's taken so long, so I knew I was going to have to change it to something simpler."
While there were certainly many other impressive works of art on display, it was Danny's that drew a lot of attention. After hours of hard work, his job was done. Almost. Now it was time to show his work of art to his girlfriend, Kari Carle. She had no idea any of this was going on.
"He just said he had to finish his drawing and he kept saying it's going to be a good day, just trust me," she said.
After she saw his drawing, Danny went on one knee, showed her a ring, and proposed. She said yes.
"There's a lot of things that could go wrong," Knoblock said. "Nothing really did go wrong. I think it worked out about as well as it probably could have."
"I'm kind of shaken up," Carle said. "With all the people that were here watching, I'm happy. I was surprised."
Danny and Kari have been together for two years. But because of some chalk, artistic skills, and a nice engagement ring, they can look forward to many more years to come. Only soon, it will be as husband and wife.