The college kids had their hot, wet mess last weekend. This weekend, young families, retirees and nostalgia buffs get their seasonal fling with Arts, Antiques & Autos.
The Denton Main Street Association event coincides with football season, back-to-school time and that late summer bluster of blistering North Texas heat. It’s practically a tradition, always promising hot rods, lots of antiques and fine art.
In fact, the only thing new about this year’s Arts, Antiques & Autos is an art contest.
Over the years, the car, hot rod and motorcycle shows have grown, and this year, up to 200 participants are expected to show cars. A Best of Show title is awarded to winners in each category, but the pleasure is also the viewers’.
Visitors to the Square get to see antique and classic cars up close. Most of them have been lovingly restored and preserved, with many an owner on hand to chat about his vehicle, whether it’s a bike that toured the roads of England in the 1940s or a car that cruised the streets near Denton High School in the days of sock hops.
Once visitors exhaust the car, truck, hot rod and motorcycle shows, they can tour the Square to look at vendor art booths, where shoppers can check out one-of-a-kind pieces or bid on merchant goods and art at the Main Street Association’s silent auction.
Children can do arts and crafts or play games while adults peruse food from local restaurants and vendors.
Denton Main Street officials said the event will include a contest devoted to hand-rendered or digitally produced images of the county’s iconic Courthouse on the Square, or images of other downtown buildings. The contest will also accept images of iconic Denton sites, cars, motorcycles or antiques.
The art has been gathered and will be on exhibit during the event. Selected entries will be entered into the Denton Main Street silent auction. The artwork that wins the contest will be used in promoting the 2013 Arts, Antiques & Autos.
A perennial favorite of the event is the “Attic Treasure” antique appraisals.
Antique specialists will be waiting in a few downtown spots for people who want to learn more about antiques and heirlooms. The specialists will inspect art, jewelry, clocks, china, silver, glass and general antiques.
The experts will study three or fewer items per person. No furniture will be appraised. Visitors must bring the item; photos won’t be studied for appraisal. Appraisals are for information only, and will not provide dollar values.
Tickets for “Attic Treasure” are $5 per item and will be available at the event information booth or inside the Courthouse on the Square.
ARTS, ANTIQUES & AUTOS EXTRAVAGANZA
• What: A celebration of the city, with car, truck, hot rod and motorcycle shows, vendors, informational antique appraisals, children’s activities and more
• When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
• Where: On and around the Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St.
• Details: Free admission.
• On the Web: www.dentonmainstreet.org