GATESVILLE — After thunderstorms drenched the area with up to 10 inches of welcome rain Thursday and Friday, the sky cleared and the temperature dropped Saturday for a comfortably cool Spurfest 2013.

Hundreds turned out for the 40th annual celebration of the community festival — formerly known as the Shivaree.

Spurfest gets its name from Gatesville’s designation as the Spur Capital of Texas, a tribute to the Mitchell Spur Collection at the Coryell Museum.

A big attraction each year is the Cruzin’ Cruzers car show in Faunt Le Roy Park.

The car show, in it’s 27th year, drew 160 vehicles from vintage to brand new, said Michael Shelton, president of the car club.

The park is in a bend of the Leon River, and Shelton said he was afraid the rainfall might cause problems for the show.

“Despite the rain, we had a good turnout,” Shelton said. “The river rose with the rain, but went down steadily on Saturday.”

Spurfest organizers ran a shuttle to and from the car show to events downtown. “We had a lot of people from Spurfest come out,” Shelton said.

On the downtown square, vendors were selling their trinkets, food and drinks on Sixth, Seventh and Leon streets during the day.

Soldiers from Fort Hood manned their posts on the square to show off military vehicles and equipment to curious passers-by.

Participants in the Zombie 5k run and Family K run slogged through the mud near Faunt Le Roy Park.

A disc-golf tournament was held in nearby Raby Park.

At 3 p.m., the Spurfest was transformed for the evening concert and street dance. Concert-goers brought lawn chairs and beverage coolers for the evening performances of the Sloppy Joe Band, the Spur City Rounders and Ryan Beaver.

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