Shopping, hot rods, classics, festivities make downtown family friendly

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By Grayson Edds
Managing Editor

This Saturday’s events in Downtown Belton offered a little of everything.
The Downtown Belton Merchant Association held third Saturday Market Days fall event: Autumn on the Chisholm Trail.
Centered around the courthouse, Autumn on the Chisholm Trail took place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of children’s activities including pumpkin painting, face painting, bounce houses, the police department’s train and Elvis with his balloon animals.

Moving down Central Avenue, a new event took place: Rod Daze, a car lover’s dream. While a large part of the event was free entry, there was a special access area for only $8 that primarily offered access to the four bands playing at Schoepf’s Backyard. Music started at 2:30 p.m. with Wes Perryman, followed by 7 Years Today at 4:30, Hedley Grange at 6, and Derailers at 8 p.m. There was also an extensive raffle.
The event offered clothing, food vendors and performance vendors for car parts.
The Texas Mobile Dyno attracted the steadiest of crowds as locals pulled their cars and hot rods on the trailer measuring horsepower and torque.
The top three winners were Emily with a 2012 Camaro (649 HP, 716 TQ), Billy with a 1931 Ford A (617 HP), and James’ Firebird (525 HP, 503 TQ).
But those weren’t the only events happening downtown. See A5 for information and pictures from the Heart of Texas Corvette Club’s Car Show.