Lampasas’s Spring Ho All About Summer Fun
LAMPASAS — The first thing you have to do is get past the name: Just accept it’s the Lampasas Spring Ho Festival.
You’re still stuck on the name? Well, here’s a quick rundown on its origins.
In the early 1970s, as the good folks in Lampasas were working on a new festival they held a naming contest with a $25 prize.
Organizers picked “Spring Ho,” and the winner donated their prize money right back to the new festival, started in 1972 and has grow into a weeklong celebration of the city’s natural springs and summer fun.
The 47th annual Lampasas Spring Ho Festival is Monday-Sunday, July 9-15, in several locations across Lampasas. There is just too much to do to hold this event in one spot. The 2018 theme is “Let the Good Times Roll.”And the good times will roll with games, barbecue cook-offs, kayak races, the Kiddie Fishing Derby, a county fair, corn shucking, and live music, including country music legends Janie Fricke and Johnny Rodriquez.
The festival begins Monday with live music at 6:45 p.m. at the Ruth Eakin Outdoor Theater followed by opening ceremonies and the Spring Ho Beauty Pageant at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the theater hosts the Hayloft Party starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Kiddie Fishing Derby, for ages 5-12, is 8-10 a.m. Wednesday at W.M. Brook Park along Sulphur Creek. Then, the festival returns to the Eakin Outdoor Theater at 7 p.m. for Gospel Night.
Things go aerial at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday with a fireworks display.
On Thursday, there will be arts and crafts, vendors, pony rides, and knockerball at W.M. Brook Park. The carnival runs 6-11 p.m. at the park.
If you feel like dancing, check out the dance contest at the Lampasas VFW, 481 U.S. 281. It starts at 7 p.m.
The Spring Ho Festival wrangles a lot of things in on Friday, including the Diaper Derby (8:30 a.m. at Courtyard Square), the pet parade (9 a.m. at corner of Second and Live Oak streets), county fair exhibits (10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lampasas County office, 409 S. Pecan), and a barbecue cook-off (8 a.m.-4 pm. at Hackberry Street and Avenue A). Plus, it’s Kids’ Day at Gavin Garrett Soccer Field, 850 Spring St., starting at noon.
Then, at the gazebo in the Park, you can enjoy live music from 3-7 p.m before it moves to the Courtyard Square at 8 p.m. for the Spring Ho Dance. This year, Zach Huckabee is opening up for Fricke and Rodriguez. Tickets for the dance are $10 at the gate.
Things keep going Saturday with the grand parade at 11 a.m. starting at Western and North Avenue before heading to Chestnut, cutting over to Third Street then Hackberry Street, where it heads north and ends.
Of course, throughout Saturday, you can enjoy a list of other activities, including washer pitching, horseshoes, the carnival, a fun run, a custom truck show, kayak races, and more live music, which culminates with Flatland Cavalry and Koe Wentzel from 8 p.m.-midnight. Tckets for this concert are $20 at the gate.
The 2018 Spring Ho Festival wraps up Sunday with the arts and crafts fair, carnival, and more at W.M. Brook Park.
Check out the complete lineup of Spring Ho Festival activities at springho.com or call (512) 556-5301.
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