Tubers enjoy July 4 holiday

No "can ban" north of New Braunfels

Author: David Sears, Reporter, dsears@ksat.com
Published On: Jul 04 2012 04:25:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2012 04:37:34 PM CDT
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -

The Guadalupe River just below the Canyon Lake dam was flowing with tubers celebrating the Fourth of July, Texas-style.

“This is the epitome my of America: float the river with friends, fun and family, and good times,” said Steve Langford.

The mid-week crowds have the outfitters celebrating a big day.

“We’re more busy today because of July 4th and we are expecting to have a really big crowd this weekend,” said Tasleem Khan, with Shanty Tubes.

One reason so many tubers were headed for the "horshoe" just below the dam, is that there is no can ban there like there is in New Braunfels.

“That is why we did not go there,” said Whitney McKnight, who came down with three friends from Kyle.

“Normally, we go a little further down River Road close to town, (but) with the can ban, we decided to come up a little further,” said Scott Langford, who was equipped with his mesh bag for collecting trash, something outfitters are letting tubers use in order to keep the river clean.

“That way they don’t pollute the river and we can avoid the can ban here, because we don’t want our rivers to be dirty,” Khan said.