101 FUN THINGS TO DO: Celebrate Spring Ho in Lampasas

Catch the Spring Ho parade along with hundreds of other fun activities during the annual Spring Ho festival. Photo courtesy of Spring Ho

Catch the Spring Ho parade along with hundreds of other fun activities during the annual Spring Ho festival. Photo courtesy of Spring Ho

The Spring Ho celebration in Lampasas is a weeklong festival set for July 8-14.

When it started in 1972, Spring Ho was a weekend of festivities. It’s grown in popularity and now covers a week of events that include a beauty pageant, the Hayloft Party Talent Contest, a carnival, a dance contest, a pet parade, a big parade, an arts-and-crafts fair, a diaper derby and a barbecue cookoff. Kid activities include corn shucking, face painting, relays, a fishing derby and more.

There’s even a special exhibit from the city’s Keystone Square Museum. Athletes can run a 10K or a mile and compete in the washer- and horseshoe-pitching contest. The Dance on the Square is located in downtown Lampasas, which is on the national registry.

Spring Ho is about more than the activities — it’s about the SPRINGS! While there, be sure to visit Hancock Springs, where 70 gallons of water flows per second. You can see the remains of a historic bathhouse and take a dip yourself, so don’t forget the swimsuit.

Hancock is not the only springs. You also can visit Hanna Springs, Cooper Springs, Sulpher Creek and hundreds of other smaller springs. They are what make Lampasas special!

For more, go to www.springho.com or call (512) 556-5301.

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