The time has come again for men, women and childrento come together in a celebration of cars, art and antiques.
The 14th annual Arts, Antiques & AutosExtravaganza, set from 9 am. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the downtown Denton Square,is a free event organized by the Denton Main Street Association to spotlightclassic cars, treasures from the past and works of art.
“I think it’s a really good thing for downtown —brings a lot of different people. I know it’s cliché to say there is somethingfor everyone,” said Julie Glover, the city’s economic development programadministrator. “But there is something for the kids, something for the guyswith the cars and the bikes, the antiques — it appeals to a wide age group.”
Up to 200 vehicles are slated to take part in thecar show, and attendees can vote their picks for vehicles in five categories:Best Family Truckster, Best Mid-Life Crisis Car, Best Drive-In Movie Car, ThisCar Never Looked This Good When New award and Best Work in Progress. The winnersget custom trophies made of old car parts, hand painted by local artists.
Event organizers have brought back Chalk Fest, apart of the fine arts portion of the festival that requires participants todraw their entries on the pavement along the Square. This year, Chalk Fest willbe 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 motorcyclesand maybe even a Vespa), the historic Courthouse on the Square, Dentonbuildings and people and sites. Art in the exhibit is grouped by media —photographs, paintings, drawings. The art show is also the second annual artcontest.
Locals can still enter Chalk Fest today by fillingout registration forms at www.dentonmainstreet.org,and dropping them off with fees at SCRAP Denton or A Creative Art Studio.
Artists will compete according to age group — ages11 and younger, ages 12 to 17, and ages 18 and older. A box of chalk with 12colors will be given to each contestant, who has to draw and color a subject inkeeping with the theme listed on the entry forms.
Attendees can document the nostalgia of the carshow by getting decked out in 1930s costumes for photos in 5 Star Rental’s 1931Ford Model A roadster in front of the Courthouse on the Square. Photos cost $5,with proceeds going to the Denton Main Street Association.
DentonRadio.com will be broadcasting live at theevent most of the day.
The event is a major fundraiser for the Denton MainStreet Association, Glover said. “Knock on wood, the weather is supposed to bereally nice. We have had some years where it was really dicey.”
Glover said that traditionally anywhere from 6,000to 8,000 people have attended the extravaganza.
“I think the car show is the big draw,” she said.“[It] has been a work in progress. Every year we still make tweaks after theevent, things we will do the next year to try and improve it.”
Joey Hawkins, owner of Jupiter House, said theevent brings in a lot of business for him but it also is a great way to kickoff the fall festival season.
“That’s always fun,” he said. “Denton is the cityof festivals. It brings in a lot of tourists.”
And the event gives opportunities for thosetourists to come and see how Denton is changing.
“I think it shows how much we have grown,especially in the last few years. We have added a bunch of new restaurants,we’re adding infrastructure in town, you can take the train. It just shows thatwe’re moving forward,” he said.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and viaTwitter at @BjlewisDRC.