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Plans afoot for 100th BD of Medina Lake Dam

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

During a special meeting on Monday, April 30, Gloria Villela Muniz, president of the Medina Lake Preservation Society, updated Bandera County Commissioners on plans for the Medina Lake Dam Centennial celebration, scheduled for Saturday, August 25.

"The Medina Lake Dam will turn 100 this year," Muniz told the court, "and I am inviting each of you to join us on August 25th for the official celebration."

According to Muniz, construction of the dam was made possible a century ago "with the help of American entrepreneurship and ingenuity, British financing and Mexican labor."

To renew the spirit of cooperation, the dam celebration committee has invited dignitaries from the United States Department of Interior and the British and Mexican Consulate General's Offices to the opening ceremony.

The official opening ceremony will take place from 10 am until noon at the Bedrock Resort, located next to the Medina Dam. Historical presentations will follow the opening ceremony.

"Mrs. Merry Langlinais, a member of the Bandera County Historical Commission, will give a presentation about the dam from its historical prospective," said Muniz. "Also, a representative from the Medina Commission will speak on the indigenous people and early settlers of the Medina Lakeplex."

Displays of water quality, conservation and safety, as well as and a centennial photo exhibit will take place throughout the day at Lakehills Civic Center. The exhibits will also include re-enactments and displays of the Bandera Cattle Company Gunfighters from noon until to 4 pm. Additionally, a community barbeque will be hosted and held at the Mico Volunteer Fire Department at noon.

The all-day event will culminate with live concerts on both sides of Medina Lake - the Lakehills Civic Center and Bedrock Resort in Mico - from 5 pm until 8 pm.

Muniz concluded by asking commissioners to "please mark your calendars and join us at the lake on August 25, and dress in your most comfortable lake attire."

According to Carol Smith, chairman of the Medina Lake Preservation Society, the centennial celebration is being financed by donations from event sponsors that include Womack Chevrolet, Hi-Energy Realty, San Antonio River Authority, Medina Lake Betterment Association and the Mico VFD.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Bobby Harris said, "I appreciate all the planning that has gone on for this project, but I'm sure everyone would agree that there needs to be a lot more work ahead of us to reach the goals we hope to achieve."

An all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable corporation The Medina Lake Preservation Society preserves the economical, historical and sociological significance of Medina Lake and surrounding lakeplex area.

This is achieved through advocacy, informational literature, seminars, and special community and educational events.

Pictured: As this plaque attests, in 1991, the Medina Lake Dam was designated a Texas Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The dam celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.