Crowds in overdirve


41st Hill Country Auto Swap brings out thousands to find 'that perfect part'


Kenny Falk of San Antonio needed valve covers for a 420 Cobra Jet engine. He found them for $130 and walked out a happy man.

That scene was repeated over and over at the 41st annual Hill Country Swap Meet, run by Earhart Productions and held at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park over the weekend.

Gearheads came from all over the Hill Country and beyond to find that rare part or barter and trade for parts, memorabilia or even classic autos.

The weather, which began on Saturday at 68 degrees, was perfect to help bring out crowds, organizers said.

Though the temperatures reached the 90s during the day, it was cooler than the 100-plus days seen the past two weeks.

“Under 100 degrees definitely helped the crowds,” said Graci DeArmond of Earhart Productions. “And the loyalty of our roughly 900 vendors is a huge plus. This is our third year to do the show (after taking it over from the Lindig family of Stonewall). And we always said, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’”

DeArmond also praised former organizer Craig Lindig for his assistance, as well as Fredericksburg EMS for being on hand and offering water for those who did get overheated.