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Car show a big draw at annual Byers June Fest

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Classic car enthusiasts, vendors selling their wares and folks looking for a way to spend a summer’s day lined the streets of downtown Byers Saturday, June 9, for the eighth annual June Fest.

It was the classic cars that stood out the most for folks passing through town on Hwy. 79. Fifty-seven vehicles were entered in this year’s show. Not as many as in year’s past, but still a strong turnout, said organizer Joe Davidson. The car show usually has 50-60 participants, and has had as many as 80-plus.

Davidson said the car show draws people to June Fest because it allows people to reminisce about vehicles they have owned, or would have liked to have owned, in the past.

“It’s a way to step back to the past,” Davidson said. “We like the classic cars, the older cars.”

Cord Young of Wichita Falls is one of those who enjoy the history of a vehicle. His entry was a 1954 Chevrolet pickup purchased new by his great-grandfather. The truck has been in his family for four generations.

The truck was purchased in Greenville for $1,450. The truck was handed down to a cousin, and Cord’s father took possession in 1986. In 2002, when Cord was 12, his father gave him the pickup, and the two restored the vehicle.

“I take it to car shows, and drive it around whenever I can, “ said Young. “It’s been in the family for 58 years, now.”

In the bed of the truck, Young had his great-grandfather’s saw and ax.

The Red River Band, made up of local musicians, provided live music for the event, while vendors sold cokes, homemade ice cream and hamburgers and hotdogs to benefit the Byers Volunteer Fire Department.

The annual event also features arts and crafts, door prizes and games.

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