Thru the Chute draws hundreds to banks of the Comal River in New Braunfels

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Forty-three cardboard boats of various shapes and sizes held together with duct tape and luck were part of the Thru the Chute Boat race in New Braunfels April 27. The boats with one or more captains and crew made their way through the city’s tube chute one-by-one as hundreds of people cheered from the banks of the Comal River.

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Hundreds lined the banks of the Comal River for the Thru the Chute event April 27. (via Joe Warner)

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The team from Community Impact Newspaper and the Mystery Machine. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Chute kicks out the car from Team New Braunfels Utilities. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Water 2 Wine entry towered above the other boats in the waiting area. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Fans line the footbridge over the chute at the beginning of the event. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Forty-three teams competed for trophies. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Teams get ready for the start of the event. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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A young participant hangs with his ride for the river. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Some boats made it through just fine. Others, like this one, were no longer seaworthy. All that was left was a shoe. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Teams gather before the start of the event. (via Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Joe Warner
Joe Warner is managing editor of the nine Austin-Central Texas editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.
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