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

Thru the Chute was a challenge for 43 teams April 27 on the Comal River.

Thru the Chute was a challenge for 43 teams April 27 on the Comal River.

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.


Chute2 The team from Community Impact Newspaper and the Mystery Machine.[/caption]
chute3 The Chute kicks out the car from Team New Braunfels Utilities.[/caption]





chute10 Fans line the footbridge over the chute at the beginning of the event.[/caption]chute5 Forty-three teams competed for trophies.[/caption]
chute9 Teams get ready for the start of the event.[/caption]





chute7 Some boats made it through just fine. Others, like this one, were no longer seaworthy. All that was left was a shoe.[/caption]
chute8 Teams gather before the start of the event.[/caption]









By 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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