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The classic, hot rod and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles are the main attraction this September at the Denton Main Street Association’s (DMSA) Arts, Antiques & Autos event Saturday, Sept.8th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., around the historic Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory Street.

This fall festival showcases up to 200 car show participants whose owners are competing for the coveted Best of Show award.  Festival-goers can also shop and stroll through fine arts & crafts vendor booths with one-of-a-kind pieces, or peruse the silent auction and bid on great downtown merchant goods and local art items. The antique collector, or those aspiring to start, can learn some fast facts about a special antique or heirloom in the “Attic Treasure” Information Appraisals.  Hands-on arts, crafts and games keep the kids busy, while local bands playing live music entertain the crowds all day long.  The fall festival atmosphere is complete with food from numerous downtown eateries and festival vendors.

“This festival is one Denton’s most popular community events and it highlights historic downtown Denton in a unique way that truly captures the treasures of Denton’s past and present,” said Larry Parker, DMSA president.  “We are excited to add an art contest this year and we encourage our local artists to enter.”

A new feature of the event this year includes an art contest with hand-rendered or digitally produced entries focusing on the courthouse, downtown buildings and iconic Denton sites, automobiles, motorcycles, antiques, or other things that represent the event and Denton. Artists may enter for FREE with a chance to win prizes and see their artwork used for next year's event. Selected entries will be showcased prior to the event and during the event, as well as be entered into the DMSA Silent Auction fundraiser. Please check the website for a set of complete rules and entry forms for the art contest

“Attic Treasure” Information Appraisals will be conducted in some of downtown’s stores with specialists available to provide information on general antiques and collectibles, including art, jewelry, clocks, china, silver, glass, and general antiques. (Limit 3 items. No furniture or photos of items please).

With all the activities and entertainment, this is the ideal way to spend a weekend in Denton.  General admission to the event is FREE.  There is an entry fee for the car show and the first deadline is August 31.  Pre-registration is highly recommended. Tickets for “Attic Treasure” Information Appraisals are $5/item and can be purchased on event day at the Information Booth or inside the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square.  For directions, event schedule, entry forms, and more about the event, please visit www.dentonmainstreet.org.  Also, Like Facebook Downtown Denton - Denton Main Street Association and follow on Twitter @DentonMSA.

Arts, Antiques & Autos is presented by the Denton Main Street Association with The Denton Record-Chronicle, First United Bank, and Northstar Bank, with the support of the City of Denton, Bill Utter Ford, CBS Mechanical, Denton Depot, 5 Star Rental, Industrial Street Guild, James Wood AutoPark Maaco Collision Repair, Thomas’ Ethan Allen, and Verizon FiOS.