cars and rock & roll coming to Mabank May 5
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–For those who have a“Hot Rod Heart” and a taste for
boiled crawfish with all the trimmings, then Saturday, May 5, is your
The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar
Creek Kiwanis Club have partnered to produce a joint fund-raiser at the
Mabank Pavilion, just off Business 175 behind the Andrew Gibbs Rodeo
The Cedar Creek Lake Car Show & Kiwanis Krawfish Boil will combine the
best of two events to bring residents of the area and out-of-town
visitors a day of beautiful show cars, great food, music and fun for the
Entrance to the Car Show is free.
For those readers who have a car to show in the competition, bring it
out and enter.
There will be entries in 15 classes, door prizes, goodie bags and
T-shirts for the first 100 entries, special sponsor trophies given
throughout the day, plus a professional DJ playing cruisin’ tunes.
Registration for the show is 8 a.m. to noon. Judging is from noon to 1
p.m. with awards presentation at 2 p.m.
The cost to enter is $20, if pre-registered (first 50 entries guaranteed
under the roof of the 28,000 square foot Mabank Pavilion), and $25
registration the day of the show.
For an application, call (903) 887-3152 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kiwanis Club will begin serving crawfish with all the trimmings at
11 a.m. and continue until all is gone.
The tasty “mud bugs” will be sold in $5, $10, $15 and $20 servings.
The $20 flat has crawfish, corn on the cob and potatoes to feed four.
The Chamber of Commerce Grill Team will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers,
and sausage on a stick for folks who don’t care for crawfish.
The Grill Team’s motto is, “eat a hot dog, save a crawfish,” and you can
also purchase cold drinks and popcorn at the concession.
There are a few vendor spaces available at $50 for a 20x20 space.
To date, businesses sponsoring the Car Show are (Gold) Ben E. Keith,
McDonald’s, ETMC, First National Bank Seven Points, Teague Chevrolet,
and NAPA; (Silver) Southside Bank, Sue Stalcup/ Johnson Monroe,
Beckman’s Motor Co., Atmos Energy, Tri-County Ford, Mabank Mini-Storage,
TXU Electric Delivery and Diane Shaw & Associates; (Bronze) Solar
Turbines, First State Bank Mabank, Debra Davis/Edward Jones and Citizens
State Bank; (Trophy) Hobbs Pest Control, Lone Star Maps and Poe Motors.
For more information on entries, vendor spots and sponsorship
opportunities, call the Chamber at (903) 887-3152 or e-mail
Mabank auto students get close
look at NASCAR racer
Mabank High School automotive tech instructor Leonard Eason (second from
left) points out beefed-up racing components in the engine bay of a
Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Nextel Cup racer to automotive tech students
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank High School automotive tech students got a
hands-on look at a real NASCAR race car Monday.
A Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS race car owned by Ginn Racing out of
Mooresville, N.C., spent most of the day at the Mabank High School
The three-year-old “show car” has raced in Kansas, and is essentially
identical to the “01” Monte Carlo driven to a third-place finish by Mark
Martin at the Nextel Cup Samsung 500 Sunday at the Texas Motor Speedway
in Fort Worth, show car manager Bob Headlund said.
Martin, who started the race in sixth position, won $275,583 as the
third-place finisher behind winner Jeff Burton (who became the first
two-time winner in the history of the Texas race) and Matt Kenseth.
Automotive tech instructor Leonard Eason requested the car’s visit to
show students what opportunities are available for the best auto-tech
For example, top automotive students can train to become a pit crew
member for a NASCAR racer, Eason pointed out
Since the car is sponsored by the U.S. Army, recruiter Sgt. Robert
Pierce was also on hand to provide information to students interested in
a military career.
Two weeks ago, Eason said, 26 MHS students qualified for an extended
visit to the sprawling Universal Technical Institute (UTI) campus in
Houston, followed the next day by a visit to the Youth Educational
Services’ motorcycle mechanics program.
At the UTI and YES campuses, students learned the various aspects of the
automotive industry – mechanical, electrical, paint and body and
automotive design, Eason said.
“That gave kids an indication of the different directions they can go,”
For the top automotive students around the country, there is a training
program headquartered in North Carolina where students can eventually
qualify to become NASCAR mechanics, he added.
“This really motivates the kids, to know there is a higher level to
achieve,” Eason said. “It doesn’t end here in high school – it begins
Special Olympics set
for April 21
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The annual Special Olympics track meet is set once again at
About 250 athletes are expected from throughout the district.
“We’ll be careful on the high school’s new track,” event planner Merritt
Harpole told The Monitor.
Cycling is also a featured event that will be staged at the Mabank
Equestrian events and impressive opening ceremonies are again being
staged at Andrew Gibbs Rodeo Arena.
Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21.
Volunteers are being marshalled to act as ‘huggers’ and help in a
variety of ways, Harpole said.
Volunteers have traditionally come away from the event feeling they were
blessed to have participated, he noted.
Those interested in getting involved with Special Olympics may call
Harpole at (903) 887-0188 or volunteer coordinator Fran Zonka at (903)