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Lampasas Spring Ho celebrates healing waters

People ferry across the water at W.M. Brook Park in Lampasas to Spring Ho vendors on the other side. The 2022 Spring Ho festival, which celebrates the city's sulphur springs (not the season) is July 4-10 with the theme 'Let Freedom Ring.' Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

Lampasas will honor its sulphur springs and "Let Freedom Ring" during its annual Spring Ho from July 4-10. The weeklong festival overflows with fun, including live concerts by The Bellamy Brothers and Mike Ryan, a carnival, a pageant, parades, and fireworks.

According to the Spring Ho website, the first settlers came to the area after hearing about the healing springs from the Native Americans. And people are still flocking to Lampasas for the same reason and because of fun events like Spring Ho.

Festival activities take place around town, but mostly at W.M. Park, 105 EE Ohmneiss, where you can find vendors, music, and more.

Schedule highlights include:

MONDAY, JULY 4

  • 5:30 p.m. — Opening ceremonies at Lampasas High School, 2716 U.S. 281
  • 5:45 p.m. — Miss Spring Ho Pageant at the high school; free with badge or $4 without

TUESDAY, JULY 5

  • 6 p.m. — 42 tournament at Putters & Gutters, 2341 U.S. 281 in Lampasas; registration starts at 5 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. — Hayloft Party at the Ruth Eakin Outdoor Theater at W.M. Brook Park; $5 per person or $4 with badge

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

  • 8-10 a.m. — Kiddie Fishing Tournament for ages 5-12 at W.M. Brook Park; poles and worms provided (no rods and reels allowed)
  • 7 p.m. — Gospel Night at the Ruth Eakin Outdoor Theater
  • 9:15 p.m. — Fireworks show at W.M. Brook Park

THURSDAY, JULY 7

  • 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — County fair exhibit judging at Lampasas County Annex Building, 409 S. Pecan St.; registration is 4-7 p.m. July 6
  • 3-5 p.m. — County fair exhibits at the annex
  • 6-10 p.m. — Carnival at W.M. Brook Park; wristband is $20
  • 7 p.m. — Dance contest at Putters & Gutters; free with badge or $3 without

FRIDAY, JULY 8

  • All day — Vendors and concessions at W.M. Brook Park
  • 8:30 a.m. — Diaper Derby for ages 0-24 months at the Courtyard Square Bandstand in downtown
  • 9:30 a.m. — Pet parade at the Courtyard Square Bandstand; registration at 8:30 a.m. and judging at 9 a.m. at the corner of Second and Live Oak
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — County fair exhibits at the annex
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — "Freedom Rang in Lampasas: Operation Long Horn, 1952" exhibit at the Lampasas County Museum, 303 S. Western St.
  • Noon-2 p.m. — Kids' Day activities for ages 3-10, water polo, and Children's Barnyard
  • 6-10 p.m. — Carnival at W.M. Brook Park; wristband is $20
  • 8 p.m.-midnight — The Bellamy Brothers with opener Drew Fish Band; $20 cash at the gate

SATURDAY, JULY 9

  • All day — Vendors and concessions at W.M. Brook Park
  • 7 a.m. — Toughest 10K in Texas, 5K, and 1-mile run at Hancock Park Golf Course Pavilion, 700 Naruna Road; check-in from 5:30-6:30 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. — Grand Parade
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — "Freedom Rang in Lampasas: Operation Long Horn, 1952" exhibit at the Lampasas County Museum
  • Noon — Washer pitching and cornhole tournaments at Gavin Garrett Soccer Field, 850 Spring St.; registration starts at 11 a.m.
  • Noon — Kayak race at W.M. Brook Park; registration starts at 11:45 a.m.
  • Noon-closing — Carnival at W.M. Brook Park; tickets only
  • 3 p.m. — Water Sports & Cardboard Regatta at Hanna Springs Pool, 501 E. North Ave.; registration starts at 2:45 p.m.
  • 8 p.m.-midnight — Mike Ryan with opener Carson Jeffrey; $30 at the gate

SUNDAY, JULY 10

  • All day — Vendors and concessions at W.M. Brook Park
  • 1-4 p.m. — "Freedom Rang in Lampasas: Operation Long Horn, 1952" exhibit at the Lampasas County Museum
  • 1-4 p.m. — "A West(ern) Side Story: A Celebration of the Past, Present, and Future of Western Avenue" at 404 E. Second St.

Find a full Spring Ho schedule online along with registration and forms.

Read more about one of Lampasas' springs, Hancock Springs Pool, in our Six Best Highland Lakes Swimming Holes story.

editor@thepicayune.com

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