What can be done with a box of 12 colors of chalk? A lot, actually.
Children and adults will be able to create their own art during the Chalk Art Fest and Competition during the 14th annual Denton Main Street Association Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza.
The annual event — which displays up to 200 classic, hot-rod and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles — will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.
The chalk fest has not been part of the festival for about eight years, organizers said.
Christine Gossett, a representative of the Denton Main Street Association, said the planning committee decided it wanted to enhance the art aspect of the event by adding the chalk fest.
“We have some art studios and shops concentrated in the West Oak Street area who were interested in reviving this fun part of the festival,” Gossett said in an e-mail.
The chalk fest will take place on the southside sidewalk in the 200 block of West Oak near Cedar Street. The contest will be open to three age groups: children 11 years or younger, 12- to 17-year-olds and adults.
Chalk fest entries are due by Sept. 12, and artists will draw during the event’s hours, organizers said.
In addition to the chalk fest, the second annual art contest will take place during the extravaganza.
The contest will highlight the work of local artists in professional and amateur arenas. The art contest entries deadline is Saturday.
The extravaganza also will allow attendees to bring their heirlooms for appraisals.
“They [attendees] would have to bring the items to the festival, so we can appraise them,” said Shirley Carrigan with W. Douglas Antiques.
She said three types of appraisals will be offered: general antiques and collectibles, clocks and art. Appraisals will be conducted by Tom Carrigan, Jodi Williamson and Carole Wilson at the antique store at 119 N. Elm St.
Appraisals will be conducted during the store hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Carrigan said.
“People love to bring their stuff in and love coming to the store and looking around, but mainly they love the cars,” she said.
Music, a silent auction and treats from downtown businesses also will be available.
General admission to the events are free and open to the public. Only contest participants will pay an entry fee.
For entry forms, contest guidelines and fees, visit www.dentonmainstreet.org/home/events.php.
KARINA RAMIREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.