It was a busy Saturday in Brownwood’s Commerce Square, as several different organizations and activities convened at the popular shopping center.   

With brisket, classic cars, exotic animals and pets, there was plenty to see and do.   

Firestone Complete Auto Care held a brisket fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Brown County. While Firestone has been raising money for the national Boys & Girls Club organization, Saturday’s fundraiser benefited the local group directly.    

A classic car show, a DJ and a silent auction were all part of the big event.   

Across the lot from Firestone, Petsense was holding its annual Adopt-a-thon with pets from several local shelters. Carren Bowden of the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center brought dogs and cats to the event.   

“We’ve even got game wardens and wildlife rehab people out here for information,” Bowden said. “We’ve got a lot of our adoptables and we’re hoping to get them into new homes.”   

Bowden said she appreciates Petsense for assisting the shelter. “They really do help promote the shelter and the shelter animals,” she said. “They help us out a great deal.”   

Petsense regularly donates supplies to the shelter and always keeps some Corinne T. Smith cats on-site for adoption.   

Near the Adopt-a-thon, Brown County’s W&W Zoo had set up a small petting zoo with ponies, cows and other animals. The zoo opened in March 2016 and contains animals like zebras, camels and yaks.   

Kerrie Waddle runs the zoo with her husband, Billy. “We have over 200 different monkeys,” Waddle said. “We thought we’d come out and let people see what we have.”   

W&W Zoo is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 9475 Hwy. 183 N.   

Monkey Butt Exotic Animal Farm, which operates next door to W&W and specializes in infant animals, was also present with monkeys Meka and Tater.