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Weather affects Salsa Festival attendance
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THREE RIVERS – Rain dampened Salsa Festival attendance during the event in the morning, but the turnout improved through the afternoon.

“The morning wasn’t as good, but the afternoon was gangbusters,” said Murrell Foster, of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce.

Foster said the number of people was estimated at 6,500, fewer than the 7,000 last year.

“We are pleased with the number, however,” Foster said.

Ticket sales totaled $12,200, $200 less than last year.

“They kept coming in waves,” said Mike Pierson of the chamber.

On another note, Pierson said the overcast sky was a blessing.

“Overall, everything was very smooth,” he added.

Mayor James Liska announced that the festival was a celebration of the memory of 1st Lt. Clovis Ray, who gave his life serving his country in Afghanistan.

Liska reminded the event’s crowd that a memorial fund was set up at First State Bank to fund an annual scholarship.

He said the scholarship “would help a student from Three Rivers High School who has the same qualities as Clovis had.”

To donate, you can go by the bank at 322 Dibrell Ave. and ask about the Clovis T. Ray Scholarship Fund. Or you can mail a donation to the bank. The ZIP code is 78071. Mary Ruiz at the bank said the Ray family would be notified of all donations.

The Salsa Festival big winner was Veronica Rocha of Three Rivers. She won the $1,000 cash prize given to the Judges Choice Amateur.

Coming in second and third in that category was Bud Spaar of Spring Branch and David Winkler of Canyon Lake, respectively.

Winning first place in the Judges Choice Professional category was Kristeen Hamilton of San Antonio. Coming in second and third places were Texas Brew of San Antonio and David Perez of Robstown, respectively.

Tying for first place in the Peoples Choice Amateur category was Tina Gutierrez of Three Rivers and Pioneer Natural Resources of Pawnee.

Dana Kurtin of Houston came in second, and Lisa Spaar of Spring Branch was in third place in the Peoples Choice Amateur class.

First place in the People’s Choice Professional category was Texas Brew of San Antonio.

Second and third place winners in that class was David Perez of Robstown and Kristeen Hamilton of San Antonio.

For Showmanship, Deer Camp Ketchup was named.

Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff thanked the sponsors of the Salsa Festival, reminding the crowds at the event the festival is made possible because of the sponsors.

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