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Car Show Raises Funds for Dam Walkway

This Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP) from Comal County Sheriff's Office won both People's Choice and Junior Motorheads Choice at last Sunday's Dam Fine Car Show fundraiser.

Car enthusiasts helped raise $12,500 at the Dam Fine Car Show atop Canyon Dam last Sunday, moving the Dam Community Alliance closer to its goal of raising $100,000 in funds needed to reopen Canyon Lake Dam’s service road to the public.

Jen Crownover, Comal County Commissioner, Pct. 4, said roughly $22,500 has been contributed so far. Fundraising efforts will now focus on individual contributions. To donate, click here.

“Now that we have the car show behind us, and we’ve had that presence alongside the USACE, where people see what we’re doing, I think people realize we’re legitimate and that we’re working with the Corps,” she said.

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORDCC) will contribute the remaining $200,000 toward modifications that would bring the walkway into compliance with federal guidelines for handicap access.

The service road was closed unexpectedly by USACE in May, and Crownover responded in July by forming Dam Community Alliance,  “committed to bring the citizens of Canyon Lake together for fun, fellowship, and the betterment of our community.”

First item on the alliance’s agenda is raising matching funds from the community to get the necessary improvements made and the walkway reopened.

Crownover said she’s frequently asked why governmental agencies are unable to finance installation of guard rails, gate, and enhancements to handicap parking.

“The USACE budget process is three years out,” she said. “What we’re dong as far as the citizen is alliance is making the difference between this taking months to achieve and this taking years to achieve.”

But back to the car show —

Here are winners in each category:

Open Hot Rod: Steve Sanford
Hot Rod (70s-93): Cody Harral
Rat Rod: Hayden Bane
Resto-Mod: Carl Borhrer & Scottie Scott
Pre-War Classic: Jeff Rabedeau
50s: Bill Kanniwan
60s: Tim Jenke
70s: Dana Cowan
Trucks (Pre-War – 60s): Harold Johnston
Trucks (70s-85): Jay Wagner
Non-Street Legal Competition: Jeff Rabedeau
80s+: Haywood Evans
Jeeps: Star Carey
Motorcycles: Billy Scott
People’s Choice: Comal County Sheriff’s Office Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP)
Junior Motorheads Choice: CCSO MRAP
Judges’ Choice: Marvin Rettele (60s class)


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