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Square event offers lots to see

The downtown Denton Square is rich with history and the perfect place to celebrate tradition, which makes it the ideal location for the Denton Main Street Association’s Arts, Antiques & Autos event.

Visit the Square on Saturday and it might be easy to imagine that you’ve stepped back in time as you admire antique and classic cars on display around the Courthouse on the Square at 110 W. Hickory St.

Up to 200 participants are expected to show vehicles this year, with classic, hot rod and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles on view. Most of them have been lovingly restored and preserved, and some owners will be on hand to talk about their rides.

Sounds like a great family outing to us, and if weather prognosticators are correct, we should have cooler temperatures by the time the event gets under way on Saturday morning. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Plus, you just might see a classic car that actually cruised the Square or nearby streets back in the day.

There will be arts and crafts and games for the kids, food from local restaurants and vendors and plenty of art. You can also bid on items at the Main Street Association’s silent auction.

A new feature of the event this year is an art contest with hand-rendered or digitally produced entries focusing on the courthouse or downtown buildings. The contest will also accept images of iconic Denton sites, cars, motorcycles or antiques.

The art will be on display during the event, and entries will be entered into the Denton Main Street Association’s silent auction. The artwork that wins the contest will be used in promoting the 2013 Arts, Antiques & Autos.

A perennial favorite of Saturday’s 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, and these specialists will inspect art, jewelry, clocks, china, silver, glass and general antiques.

The experts will study three or fewer items per person, and no furniture will be appraised. And you must bring the item — photos won’t be studied for appraisal.

Tickets for “Attic Treasure” are $5 per item and will be available at the event information booth or inside the Courthouse on the Square. Appraisals are for information only, and will not provide dollar values.

This year’s Arts, Antiques & Autos event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will give you plenty of time to head over to Apogee Stadium and find a seat to watch the University of North Texas in its home opener against Texas Southern University.

The excitement of a good football game should provide the perfect ending for a great Denton day.

And like we said, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for some cooler temperatures.