HALLSVILLE — Hallsville’s largest annual event took off without a hitch Saturday as hundreds flooded downtown for the 46th annual Hallsville Western Days event.
U.S. 80 in town was blocked off as the parade kicked off Saturday’s events, before transferring to the City Park, which is in the middle of an update, including the installation of new playground equipment and picnic pavilions.
Vendor booths lined the park Saturday while guests showed off their best moves to tunes played by the DJ at the park’s amphitheater.
“I think we had the biggest crowd on a Saturday that we’ve had in years,” Hallsville Western Days Committee Member Charlotte Anderson said. “I would have liked for the weather to be a little cooler, but I don’t think it kept anyone from coming out.”
Bounce houses were filled with laughing children, while others visited the petting zoo to say hello to the animals.
Gleaming antique and modern sports cars lined the Hallsville Outreach Center parking lot for the car show, and some children tried their hand at riding a pony or a mechanical bull.
Diana Aden of Pops-A-Lot Kettle Corn said she couldn’t keep her famous jalapeno kettle corn in stock Saturday, so her husband and business partner, Victor Aden, spent his day slaving over a hot cast iron pot mixing up more of the recipe.
Other guests visited Ol’ Smoky Kountry BBQ’s booth for a turkey leg, while others opted to cool off with a cold glass of sweet tea in a keepsake glass mason jar from Tailgaters.
New to the event this year were vendor booths inside the nearby Gold Hall Community Center for those who were looking to escape the heat.
Hallsville Western Days is held the first weekend of each October.