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Saturday packed full of activities

If your weekend plans don’t include a visit to Denton on Saturday, then you may want to consider revising your schedule.

We realize that fall won’t officially arrive for a few more days, but why not rush the season — Saturday promises activities to entertain everyone in the family and should provide the perfect jumping off point for one of the area’s busiest and most entertaining times of year.

You can start your day with a visit to the historic downtown Square to check out the Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza, a free event organized by the Denton Main Street Association that celebrates classic cars, treasures that could be gathering dust on a shelf in your closet and works of art — including ones that are totally temporary.

If you’ve never strolled the Square during this event, you don’t know what you’re missing. The main attraction, as always, will be classic cars and customized roadsters, trucks and motorcycles.

With up to 200 vehicles slated to take part in the car show, casual and serious auto fans have plenty to enjoy. And plenty to vote on: Attendees can vote their picks for vehicles in five categories.

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. There will also be an art show featuring works by professional and nonprofessional artists.

Visitors to the event can bring antiques for an informational appraisal from specialists, and they can have their photo taken with a 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.

The event will also feature music — hey, this is Denton, after all — and plenty more to keep you busy, and don’t forget to check out the great selection of stores and restaurants in the downtown area. Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and like we said, admission is free. You can find more information at

While you’re in the downtown area, we’d recommend dropping by the Denton Public Safety Day event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. This is another free event, and while it promises to be plenty of fun, it has a serious purpose — teaching folks how to prepare for emergencies.

The kids will love the fire trucks, games and activities, robot demonstrations and clowns, and the adults will be able to pick up some valuable information from more than 25 exhibitors — not to mention free food.

“Hopefully, we’ll get people information on how to be prepared for disasters,” said Mike Penaluna, the city’s emergency management coordinator.

In addition to fire trucks, there will be police vehicles and helicopters, so it should be an interesting and informative stop — you’ll find exhibits both in the parking lot and inside the Civic Center.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll want to find your way over to Apogee Stadium for a little college football. What better way to celebrate autumn — we’re almost there — while you watch the Mean Green play host to Ball State. Kickoff is at 3 p.m., and you won’t want to miss any of the action.

We’re lucky to live in an area where there’s always something going on, but Saturday promises to be over the top, and we encourage you to make the most of it.

It should be a great day to be in Denton.