The Karem Shrine Cowboys will perform 1880 gunfight re-enactments on the courthouse lawn at Spurfest on Saturday in Gatesville. Brad Gyorko of Waco, who is seen relaxing between gunfights, took part in last year’s festivities.

GATESVILLE — This community’s annual festival — formerly the Shivaree, now the Spurfest — marks 40 years this weekend as young and old take to the parks, streets and courthouse square to run, play and dance.

Spurfest 2013 starts today from 5 to 7 p.m. with set-up around the square on Sixth, Seventh and Leon streets in anticipation of an early Saturday start.

Spurfest headquarters at the Chamber of Commerce office will open at 5:30 a.m. Saturday to prepare for food and market vendor check-in, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Zombie Run registration will start at 6:30 a.m. behind the tennis court at Gatesville Intermediate School.

The Zombie 5K run will start at 7:30 a.m. and the Family K run begins at 8:30 a.m. in Faunt Le Roy Park.

Runners in the 5K will wear flags in their waistbands representing “lives,” and will run the course as Zombies try to capture the runners’ “lives” along the way.

Event organizers assure participants that “adult and children runners can run the course through zombie zones without fear.”

The kickball tournament gets started at 8 a.m. at the walking trail in Faunt Le Roy Park.

The 27th annual Cruzin’ Cruzers car show will be part of the Spurfest activities again this year.

Vintage cars, as well as brand-new models, can be registered for the show starting around 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Faunt Le Roy Park, said event organizer Lavinia Shelton. Registration will close at noon.

“We had 160 cars last year, and hope to have more this year,” Shelton said.

Downtown Spurfest activities will start with announcements on the square at 9 a.m. The Karem Cowboys will perform on the courthouse lawn at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The disc-golf tournament will start at 11 a.m. in Raby Park.

At 3 p.m., the Spurfest will transition to the evening concert and street dance, for which armbands are required. Armbands may be purchased for $12 each at all National Bank locations through Friday and may be bought at the event on Saturday for $15. Children 10 and younger will be admitted free.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and coolers. There is a $5 cooler fee for those bringing their own beverages, and glass bottles are not allowed.

The concert and street dance kicks off with the Sloppy Joe Band from 3:30 to 6 p.m. After a half-hour break, the Spur City Rounders will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Following another 30-minute break, Ryan Beaver will take the stage and perform from 9:30 to 11 p.m. For more information about Spurfest, email info@spurfest.com, go to spurfest.com or call 254-865-2617. For more information about the Cruzin’ Cruzers car show, call Shelton at 254-865-8688.

Contact Tim Orwig at torwig@kdhnews.com

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