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The Seen It Route

The Other Side of Car Shows

As you know, we love going to car shows.  That’s the whole point of Car Show Radar.  And our favorite shows are the ones in small towns.  If there is an old courthouse square in the small town, well … we’ve hit the motherlode.  There’s nothing better than an old town square with a bunch of old cars everywhere.  We can’t take photos fast enough.

But, to be fair, it’s not always about car shows.  Sometimes it’s the drives to and from shows that inspire us.  This is why we always take the back roads to car shows.  And we usually take a different route back home.  Again, on the back roads.  There’s very little traffic and you’ve got vista after vista to yourself.

Whereas on the interstate, you’ve usually got someone up your tailpipe.

So we thought we would take this opportunity to showcase some of the photos we’ve taken on our journey to a small town car show.  In this case, these photos are from our trip to the Avery Tomato Festival in far East Texas.  We shot the heck out of this little town, a rapidly vanishing crumble-down piece of farm town history.  Back in the 1960’s, Avery was one of the largest tomato producing and shipping cities in northeastern Texas.  Nowadays there are less than 500 residents, but they still put on a tomato festival, and it’s a good one.  For more: http://www.averytx.com

On the way home, we stopped in Clarksville to shoot their impressive county seat courthouse, the showcase of Red River County.  This historic town is actually one of the oldest cities in Texas, established as a settlement in the 1820’s.  In 2003, Anita Perry designated Clarksville a “Texas Main Street City”.  They even have their own hanging tree.  For more on this and other points of interest on Clarksville: http://www.texasescapes.com/EastTexasTowns/ClarksvilleTexas/ClarksvilleTexas.htm

We hope you enjoy the following photos from our small town car show journey.  The cars from the car show are up on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/carshowradar/ – in a photo album entitled Avery Tomato Festival.

Avery, Texas

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This last shot is of a beautiful stone church on the Texas Historic Registry.

Clarksville, Texas

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