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Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:19 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Hailey Persinger

The Cove Herald

Lampasas residents kicked off a weeklong celebration of their own tiny corner of the nation the day after Independence Day.

The annual Spring Ho pageant began the week on Monday, but events continue through Sunday.

Now in its 38th year, the Lampasas Spring Ho is a celebration of the city, its people and its settling. Monday night's Little Miss and Miss Spring Ho beauty pageants marked the beginning of a week of festivities that aim to bring the community together.

With 26 Little Miss contestants and nine competitors for the title of Miss Spring Ho, the pageant was full of glittery dresses, done-up hair and excitement about the pageant and the city itself.

"It just gets the whole community involved," said Savannah Burks, a sophomore at the University of Texas who helps wrangle the Little Miss contestants every summer.

Burks was 3 years old when she moved to Lampasas and at that time, she said her family was busy getting settled in when the beauty pageant rolled around. But each year, she keeps coming back to be a part of her community, crown and sash or not.

"I'll keep coming back as long as they ask me to," she said. "It's so exciting."

As exciting as the pageant is for the contestants, the planning committee members seem to find even more excitement in the annual weeklong party.

Judith Ann McGhee, a second-year committee member - elected members serve a three-year term - said that while the pageant kicks off the event, it's only the celebration's beginning.

She listed fireworks, a night of craft booths and droves of people as the most exciting parts of the week aside from the pageant itself.

But serving on the planning committee, she said, is the best way she could celebrate her town.

"It's so corny," she said with a laugh. "But it's kind of like an honor. I'm a representative for the city."

As the Spring Ho court members receive their titles and crowns, they also become representatives, or as McGhee called them, "ambassadors for Spring Ho" and their hometown.

Contact Hailey Persinger at haileyp@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow her on Twitter at KDHcity.

The Spring Ho and Little Miss Spring Ho court

Miss Spring Ho: Jordan Shadrick

First runner-up: Paige Hensley

Second runner-up: Carissa Bywater

Third runner-up: Cara Nichols

Little Miss Spring Ho: Kadence Watts

First runner-up: Bailey Shuford

Second runner-up: Saige Koger

Third runner-up: Bailey Andersen

Spring Ho schedule

Today

8:30 a.m. - Pet Parade registration at corner of Second and Live Oak streets; Diaper Derby at Courtyard Square Bandstand

9 a.m. - County Fair Exhibits open at First Texas Bank community room until 4 p.m.; Pet Parade Judging at corner of Second and Live Oak streets

9:30 a.m. - Pet Parade at Courtyard Square Bandstand

Noon - BBQ Cook-off begins at Fourth Street behind the Lampasas County Annex until 10 p.m.; Kids Day Activities at Gavin Garett Soccer Field, including face painting, balloon figures, water polo and corn shucking contest; "Our Parade of the Spring Ho Grand Marshalls" at Keystone Square Museum

3 p.m. - Entertainment in the park at Gazebo in the Park, including Angie Wiebe, Cheyenne Maples, Megan Blar and Jordan Cummings

6 p.m. - Carnival at W.M. Brook Park

8 p.m. - Spring Ho Dance featuring Kyle Park at Courtyard Square til midnight

All Day - Self-guided walking tours of Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden at Campbell Park; Arts and Crafts Fair and Concessions at W.M. Brook Park

Saturday

6 a.m. - Registration for 10k and 1 mile run

8 a.m. - 30th annual 10k and 1 mile run at Hancock Park; BBQ Cook-off begins at Fourth Street behind the Lampasas County Annex until 4 p.m.

11 a.m. - Carnival at W.M. Brook Park; Wild about the Springs Grand Parade

Noon - "Our Parade of the Spring Ho Grand Marshalls" at Keystone Square Museum

12:30 p.m. - Washer pitching at Gavin Garrett Soccer Field; Horseshoe pitching at Hancock Park

3 p.m. - Water sports at Hanna Springs Pool; entertainment in the park at Gazebo in the Park, including Megan Blar, Angie Wiebe, Cheyenne Maples and Jordan Cummings

8 p.m. - Kiwanis Club Dance featuring Jarrett Schaub at Courtyard Square

All Day - Arts and Crafts Fair and Concessions at W.M. Brook Park

Sunday

Noon - Carnival at W.M. Brook Park

1 p.m. - "Our Parade of the Spring Ho Grand Marshalls" at Keystone Square Museum

All Day - Arts and Crafts Fair and Concessions at W.M. Brook Park

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