COPPERAS COVE — Nearly 30 cars lined a back parking lot in City Park to compete at the 2013 Rabbit Fest Car Show an hour before judging began Saturday.

“I just like coming to see all the hard work that’s gone into these cars, especially the old ones,” said spectator Kenny Spires, as he made his way through the bustling crowd and collection of cars.

Among them were all types of vehicles from trucks to muscle cars to classic and antiques and more. One entry drawing onlookers’ attention was a light metallic blue 1965 Mustang Coupe with custom seat belts, custom door moldings and an all-chrome motor.

People weren’t at Rabbit Fest just for cars, the 33rd annual festival was buzzing with a multitude of other activities. Each year, more than 20,000 visitors come to the four-day event to enjoy food, games, live entertainment and more.

“It’s going great,” said Betty Price, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce president. “We have a good crowd and great weather today.”

Rabbit Fest stretches across almost every inch of the City Park grounds. Numerous vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry and clothing to brisket sandwiches and funnel cakes lined pathways and grassy areas.

“I’m here for turkey legs and fried candy bars,” said fair food enthusiast, 10-year-old Colby Wright, as he waited in line for his snacks.

Activities for children included bounce houses, animal attractions, face painting and carnival rides.

“This is our first time out here. … The kids are having a lot of fun” said John Montoya, outside a petting zoo fence.

Montoya was accompanied by his three young daughters, Kayla, Briana and Alyssa, who were intrigued by the zoo’s resident tortoise.

“I like doing this, because I love animals,” petting zoo owner, Jessica Linson, said. “It’s also fun to watch the reactions of city kids who have never seen an animal up close before.”

Another popular animal attraction was the Zoomagination live show, which had three viewings Saturday.

“It’s a live animal handler show and I believe they have a porcupine, a sloth and even a kangaroo,” Price said.

Rabbit Fest continues today with gates opening at 9 a.m. For the full schedule, go to

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