LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) The largest festival in Lampasas is running all week with more than fifty performances and special events.
On Wednesday, the Kiddie Fishing Derby was held at Brooks Park where more than five hundred catfish were released in Sulphur Creek for catching. A gospel performance and fireworks show are scheduled for Wednesday evening. The festival is run by hundreds of volunteers and draws in thousands of spectators every year.
“This has been going on since 1972, and I know a lot of families that come here,” says Spring Ho Committee senior member Jamie Garrett.
“Grandparents got to do Spring Ho, so now they're bringing their grandkids down.”
She adds, “Class reunions are held during Spring Ho, so that brings people back to the community.”
The annual homecoming and flood of spectators from surrounding areas help fund town activities for the remainder of the year. Proceeds pay for scholarship funds of pageant winners, and local organizations that volunteer during the festival also receive contributions.
Garrett admits that the unusual name of the celebration has drawn inquiries, but the old-fashioned vernacular is tied to the town’s reputedly magical water feature.
“The springs [that we have here] have kind of the medicinal sulfur water, so that's how Spring Ho got its name. Our Springs here are famous, so we like to celebrate them,” she says.
Festival activities run through Sunday and include a carnival, concerts, and a car show- which is a new addition to this year’s lineup.
Most activities are free, along with parking; however, there won’t be any officially designated areas for vehicles.
Organizers suggest visitors bring cash to shop vendors and food trucks which will set up Thursday and close shop on Sunday afternoon. Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and recently-added Asian fare are a couple of highly-anticipated selections.
The annual parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday morning.
Spectators are invited to camp out and claim their spots beforehand.