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Lampasas celebrates Spring Ho all week

Lampasas celebrates its springs with Spring Ho on July 6-12. Photo by Summer Miles/Texas Co-Op Power

LAMPASAS — Just up U.S. 281, the good folks of Lampasas are throwing a party — and it’s a big one.

The annual Spring Ho runs July 6-12, with most activities taking place at Hancock Park off U.S. 190. The event celebrates the cities springs, including Hancock Springs.

It's such an extravagant event that organizers need a full week to get in all the fun, which includes fishing for the kids, a county fair, a pet parade, live music, arts and crafts, a barbecue cook-off, a fun run, washer pitching, horseshoe tossing and more.

There’s even something called a Diaper Derby. You just have to check this out yourself.

The kids can get in some fishing July 8 during the Kiddie Fishing Tournament at Hancock Park from 8-10 a.m. Poles and worms are provided. It’s open to ages 5-12.

At 7 p.m., you can relax at the park's Ruth Eakin Outdoor Theatre and enjoy Gospel Night.

Some highlights June 9 include the county fair exhibits 2-7 p.m. at the Lampasas County Office Building, 409 S. Pecan, and a dance at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 481 U.S. 183 North.

On July 10, the annual Spring Ho “Hot as Hell BBQ Cook-off” gets things heated up from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Johnson Park, located at the intersection of Hackberry Street and Avenue A. The event continues through July 11.

The Diaper Derby kicks off at 8:30 a.m. July 10 at the Courtyard Square. Then the pet parade gets rolling at 9:30 a.m. from the same spot, but registration is 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Live Oak and Second Street.

If the kids are looking for some fun July 10, drag them over to Gavin Garrett Soccer Field, located on Spring Street just south of the Sixth Street intersection. Starting at noon, Spring Ho organizers have list of activities for the kids including face painting, water polo and a corn-shucking contest.

If you’re a strong-hearted and strong-legged person, enter the 35th annual Toughest 10k in Texas on July 11 starting in Hancock Park. Registration is 6-7:30 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. There also will be a 5k and a one-mile race.

Back on the square, the Grand Parade gets going at 11 a.m. This year’s grand marshals are Fred and Connie Cummings.

That’s just a few of the many events lined up for the 2015 Spring Ho Fest. Others include museum exhibits, kayak races, water sports and even a rubber ducky derby. Plus, there’s a host of live music throughout the week.

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Now, didn’t we tell you it was worth the drive.

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