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Crawfish, 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 day.
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 Arena.
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 entire family.
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
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
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
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 Monday.

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 parking lot.
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 students.
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,” he explained.
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 here.”

Special Olympics set for April 21
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The annual Special Olympics track meet is set once again at Panther Stadium.
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 Pavillion.
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) 432-4559.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
ABOVE–My name is Georgie. I am the sweetest cat ever. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. My ears have been treated for ear mites, I have tested negative for Leukemia and I have been fixed. I am a wonderful boy looking for a wonderful new start at life.
ABOVE–My name is Buddy. I am a male Black Lab. I am fixed and current on my shots. A gentleman fed me and took me to the vet and had me fixed up. He wasn’t able to keep me, but took care of me as long as he was able to. I am a handsome fella looking for a wonderful forever home.
ABOVE–My name is Blue. I am a cute little guy. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. I have been fixed and given my shots. I am an adorable little guy looking for my forever home.
ABOVE–My name is George. I think I may be a Retriever or maybe Husky? I was born January 3. I have been wormed and had 2 of 3 puppy shots. I am very sweet. I am doing well on potty training and am crate trained. I am looking for a forever home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesdays.

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