Saturday will bring some free entertainment for locals and a nice boost for local businesses, thanks to the Texas Jaguar Clubs.
The Jaguar Owners Association of North Texas, which is hosting the state’s annual Spring Fling, chose Granbury as the destination for the three-day event.
Jaguar owners will drive in from such cities as Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
For several hours Saturday starting at 3 p.m., at least two dozen of the exotic cars will be parked at the courthouse on the square.
Locals will be free to admire the colorful (and costly) sedans, SUVs and sports cars while their owners enjoy Granbury.
The visitors will shop at boutiques on the square, socialize over drinks and take walks by the lake.
The number of participating cars has risen from the 20 originally announced by Visit Granbury Director Tammy Dooley.
Event organizer Terri Clark said Monday afternoon that 24 cars were slated to make the trip. She said that club members were so excited about Granbury being chosen as the Spring Fling destination that additional people signed up to attend.
By last count, 46 people had RSVP’d, Clark said. Most will stay two nights at the Comfort Suites on Harbor Lakes Drive.
“It got really big,” she said of the event. “Everybody got real excited about Granbury. It’s just such a cute little town.
Big selling points, she said, were the lake, the Opera House theater, the shopping opportunities and the fact that Granbury is a “vibrant” community.
“Some of the smaller towns with the really nice town squares, a lot of the storefronts are empty,” Clark said. “You don’t find that in Granbury.”
Clark and some of the other participants will arrive in town on Friday and will have dinner at a restaurant of their choice. The Texas Jaguar Clubs website posted a list of several restaurants on or near the Granbury square, as well as Chili’s on Highway
On Saturday, club members will participate in a “Scenic Drive” from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Clark said they will visit the Chisholm Trail Museum in Cleburne and then eat lunch at the Storiebook Cafe in Glen Rose before heading to the Bluff Dale Vineyards. The cars are expected to arrive on the Granbury square at 3.
Saturday night the group will have dinner together at Farina’s Winery & Cafe.
After dinner, about 36 of them will participate in a Granbury’s Ghosts and Legends tour, Clark said.
The city’s trolley will be available to transport club members to and from their hotel, Dooley said.
The Jaguar owners will head home on Sunday, Clark said.
“I’m just so appreciative that everybody along the way – the Visitors Center, the city, the county, the Police Department, the hotel, everybody – has just gone above and beyond to make it a great event,” she said.
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