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Hancock Springs Histroric Bath House

Spring Ho Festival this week in Lampasas Texas

Funny name, serious small town festival.

Spring Ho has been on the second full weekend in July since 1972. Events all week, but they save the best for the weekend. No one is ever going to confuse mid-July in Lampasas Texas for Spring. The festival is a celebration of the mineral water springs. They have them all over the place. Hottest day of the Summer in the middle of a drought, the water still keeps gushing up out of the ground. Now that is something to celebrate.

This small town festival has all the events and activities you would expect. For starters they have a parade. Now you knew that. And, of course you know they are going to have several BBQ cook-offs. Bet you don’t know they have a Rubber Ducky Derby and a Beauty Pageant though. Well, as much water as they have around Lampasas, you know a lot of people have rubber ducks, and of course they have to pick a new Miss Spring Ho because no one wants to have that title for more than a year. The whole thing is a hoot, and the funny name is appropriate.

See the Spring Ho web site for full event information.

Besides all the events of Spring Ho week, there are plenty of other things to do in Lampasas. For starters you might visit Hancock Springs and the Hostess House. I love to swim in the free-flow spring-fed pool they have there. Spend an hour or two in the downtown historic district and check out the Murals of Lampasas. If you get a chance, take a tour of the inside of the lovely restored 1883 Lampasas County Courthouse.

The Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden is located at the site of the historic Hanna Springs. For me the sculpture garden is a must-see. For a little background information for Lampasas and a few additional ideas for things to do read this trip guide I wrote several years ago.

Hungry? Try a burger and fries at the original Storms Drive-in. Hungry for German food, try Eve’s  Café on the Square. I have been told Alfredo’s is good for Mexican, and Giovani’s for Italian.

If you need something to do this coming weekend, Spring Ho might be worth a shot.


Lampasas Texas
The Spring Ho web site