GATESVILLE — Spurfest marked 40 years of the annual community event, which celebrates Gatesville’s designation as the Spur Capital of Texas.

First Army Division West, whose partner community is Gatesville, provided an M-ATV and an Up-Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 381st Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade, spent the day answering questions of community members who checked both vehicles inside and out — vehicles they frequently observe at nearby North Fort Hood.

There are lots of spurs at the Coryell County Museum, home to the Lloyd Mitchell spur collection, considered the world’s largest, with 6,000 on display.

Stretching across the downtown area with food, market vendors and other community organizations, Spurfest included a Zombie Run, kickball tournament, frisbee/disc golf competition, live music, street dancing and a car show.

“Our team had a lot of fun interacting with the kids who had an exuberant amount of energy climbing in and out of the vehicles,” Master Sgt. Steven Gardin said. “The Chamber of Commerce did a wonderful job in setting up and providing anything our guys needed. Overall, it was an outstanding event.”

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