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Something old, something new

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By Lucinda Breeding

Chrome, porcelain and colorful dust: All three will be at Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza on Saturday.

The free event organized by Denton Main Street Association celebrates classic cars, treasures that could be gathering dust in your attic, and works of art — including ones that are totally temporary.

The main attraction hasn’t changed over the years. When locals visit the downtown Denton Square on Saturday, they’ll drink in classic cars and customized roadsters, trucks and motorcycles.

The car show changes from year to year, but generally, enthusiasts bring classics that sport long, languid lines or rockabilly paint jobs — not necessarily flames, but the retro lines of yesteryear. Fancy hood ornaments recall a past grandeur, and for closet grease monkeys, there are sure to be lots of hoods popped and a few engines will be displayed like a turkey on a platter.

With up to 200 vehicles slated to take part in the car show, casual and serious auto fans have plenty to ogle. And plenty to vote on: Attendees can vote their picks for vehicles in five categories: Best Family Truckster, Best Mid-Life Crisis Car, Best Drive-In Movie Car, This Car Never Looked This Good When New award and Best Work in Progress. The winners get a custom-made trophies made of old car parts, hand-painted by local artists.

Event organizers have brought back Chalk Fest, a part of the fine arts portion of the festival that requires participants to draw their entries on the pavement along the Square. This year, Chalk Fest will be on West Oak Street, on the sidewalks on the north side of the Square.

The art show remains, with local artists — professional and nonprofessional — depicting cars (or trucks, or motorcycles and maybe even a Vespa), the historic Courthouse on the Square, Denton buildings and people and sites. The exhibit groups art into media — photographs, paintings, drawings. The art show is also the second annual art contest.

Locals can still enter Chalk Fest today — find registration forms at, and drop them off with fees at SCRAP Denton or A Creative Art Studio. Artists will compete according to age group — ages 11 and younger, ages 12 to 17, and ages 18 and older. A box of chalk with 12 colors will be given to each contestant, who has to draw and color a subject in keeping with the theme listed on the entry forms.

Attendees who come every year know about the antiques aspect of the event. During the event, locals can bring antiques to a specialist for an informational appraisal.

Attendees can document the nostalgia of the car show by getting decked out in 1930s costumes for photos in 5 Star Rental’s 1931 Ford Model A roadster in front of the Courthouse on the Square. Photos cost $5, with proceeds going to the Denton Main Street Association.

It wouldn’t be a Denton event without music, hence’s live broadcast at the event and live local music much of the day. Hands-on arts and crafts will keep children busy, and downtown restaurants, coffeehouses, candy shops and stores will have their doors open.

Arts, Antiques & Autos is one of the most popular events on the downtown Square, organizers said.

Those who attend should come ready for a sunny and hot day, and get set to fill out ballots and turn them in by noon for the car show.


When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Details: Admission is free.

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11 a.m. — High School Caesar

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What: Experts will provide information about antiques but will not appraise the value of items.

What to bring: Items that can be appraised are general antiques, clocks, cut glass, china and silver, and jewelry. No furniture will be appraised.

How much: Attendees must purchase a ticket for appraisal. The tickets cost $5 per item, or $10 for three.

Where: Tickets can be purchased at the information booth at the corner of Hickory and Locust streets, or at the appraisal sites: W. Douglas Antiques (general antiques and clocks), 121 S. Elm St.; County Seat Antiques (general antiques, silver, cut glass, china), 109 W. Hickory St.; or Amyx Fine Jewelry (jewelry), 222 W. Hickory St., Suite 101.

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