Spring Ho carnival goers stroll by various booths and vendors at the carnival June 8, 2011, at W.M. Brook Park in Lampasas.

LAMPASAS — From live music, carnival rides and a pet parade to a barbecue cook off and arts and crafts vendors, the 41st annual Spring Ho Festival offers something for everyone this weekend.

The festival, which started Tuesday and ends Sunday, celebrates the city’s abundance of spring waters.

“There will be a lot of people, hot weather and activities for young and old,” said Lampasas Police Chief Tim Angermann. “Overall, it’s just a good, fun, long week that’s good for the community. Our main concern this year is our parking spaces are limited for access to W.M. Brook Park, but we don’t expect any major problems and welcome everyone to Lampasas.”

Festival traffic typically flows smoothly throughout Lampasas; however, new growth, such as the opening of the Valero Convenience Store and construction of The Manor at Hancock Park, a senior living community, may reduce parking availability along U.S. Highway 190 next to W.M. Brook Park.

The fun starts early today at various locations around Lampasas. Some of the highlights include the Diaper Derby at 8:30 a.m., a Pet Parade at 9 a.m., a barbecue cook off, live music in the park at the W.M Brook Gazebo, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, and a long list of Kid’s Day activities with face painting, balloon figures, water polo and a corn-shucking contest.

Tonight, the Kiwanis Club Spring Ho Dance features John Slaughter opening for Johnny Cooper at 8 a.m. on the Courtyard Square on Fourth Street.

Saturday’s events kick off with the 10k, 5k and 1-mile run at 8 a.m., the barbecue cook off, washer and horseshoe pitching contests are at 12:30 p.m. at the Gavin Garrett Soccer Field, water sports at Hanna Springs Pool start at 3 p.m. and the Rubber Ducky Derby at 4 p.m. at the W.M. Brook Park dam.

Arts and crafts booths and carnival attractions will open at 11 a.m. at W.M. Brook Park. The Kiwanis Spring Ho Dance on Saturday features Lyndel and David Lucas opening for Eddie Shell and The Not Guilties.

Sunday is the last day to browse arts and crafts vendors and enjoy carnival rides.

Participants and winners of the Lampasas County Fair will have their exhibits on display from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Lampasas County Annex conference room, 409 S. Pecan St. The Spring Ho Festival Grand Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of North and Western avenues, and a special exhibit, “The Garb and Gear of Western Heritage,” is on display through Sunday at Keystone Square Museum, 303 S. Western St.

For a complete list of events, locations and times, go to www.springho.com.

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