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Windstorm takes a bite out of Canyon Lake shark

The “Jawsome” boat display was recently destroyed in a windstorm. The shark was a crowd favorite in the annual Parade of Lights boat parade. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

The “shark,” a crowd favorite and an award-winning boat in the Canyon Lake Parade of Lights boat parade, was destroyed during a recent windstorm and will no longer be making future appearances.

The “Jawsome” shark-themed boat has appeared in the boat parade four out of the last five years, and has won an award each year it entered. It won Most Elaborate in 2021, Best Showmanship in 2020, 2nd Place Pontoon in 2018, and the Sweepstakes award in 2017. 

Created by Karin and Greg Cassidy, the shark display is made up of 3,000 lights glued to foam boards mounted on a wood frame. It takes the Cassidys about a day to assemble the shark for the boat parade.

Yacht Club President Rich Moline presents Karin and Greg Cassidy with the “Most Elaborate” award for their 2021 shark-themed Parade of Lights entry. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

The shark was still mounted on the Cassidys’ boat when a recent windstorm caused their dock to disconnect and float away on the lake, taking their boat and the shark with it. “Marine Patrol called to let us know that they found our dock and pieces of our shark floating in the lake,” Karin said.

The shark was inspired by the Cassidys’ daughter, Brianne, and the family’s love of scuba diving. The family is already thinking about ideas for this year’s parade. “We’re not sure what our theme will be, but we’ll definitely be participating in the boat parade this year,” Karin said.

The Cassidys have been participating in the boat parade since 1991. They’ve won more than 15 awards, including Most Elaborate and Best Showmanship. Their themes through the years ranged from a ghost and pirate to neon and glow in the dark. 

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