LAMPASAS — Frank Bates walked around his car, brushing the rear fender with a hand towel. He checked all the nooks and crannies on the outside of the vehicle. He wanted everything to be perfect as he and his car made their debut

in the 42nd annual Spring Ho Grand Parade on Saturday.

Beauty queens, churches, surrounding area festivals, nonprofit organizations and local businesses made up the 123 entries that rolled through the community.

Bates, 82, recently purchased a 1931 Model A Ford Coupe and both of them made their first appearance in the parade.

“I bought it six months ago. I saw it. I liked it and I wanted it,” Bates said. “I wanted to participate in the parade and show it off. Both of us were about born the same time. So, it’s pretty special.”

Luther Hensley, a parade volunteer, directed the multitude of entries into place. Hensley completed his three-year term on the Lampasas Spring Ho committee a year ago.

“They often call former members to volunteer and I am honored to help,” Hensley said.

The Spring Ho Festival committee consists of 12 members, six women and six men, who are voted to serve by other committee members, Hensley said.

Many businesses took advantage of the opportunity to publicize their services through the well-attended parade.

Executive Property Management has maintained a Copperas Cove location but is in the process of opening a second location in Lampasas, said Manager Kara Hedlund. The business pulled one of the festival floats in the parade.

“We do this because we want to support the community. I believe in the economy in the city of Lampasas. This community is going to grow and prosper because of the civic leaders and citizens here,” Hedlund said. “We purchased property here on Pecan Street directly across from the courthouse and are investing in a huge renovation project to bring it back to its original historic state. We are already getting business by phone and the Internet and are preleasing space in the building.”

The seven-day Spring Ho Festival wraps up today with final chances to make purchases from arts and crafts vendors and get thrilled on carnival rides from 1 to 6 p.m. at W.M. Brook Park and view a special exhibit on Lampasas schools at the Keystone Square Museum, 303 S. Western St., from 1 to 4 p.m.

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