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1981 Luckenbach World's Fair Montage, no. 1

Wallace and Euna Pryor

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This rough montage of clips highlights events from the 1981 Luckenbach World's Fair held in Fredricksburg, Texas. Featured among the events are parades, concerts, flying chicken racing, and a swim suit competition emceed by Wally Pryor. The film also contains additional footage of Luckenbach, set to country songs about the tiny town, including "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" performed by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Known to many as the "Voice of the Longhorns," Wally Pryor served as the announcer for UT sports from 1953 until 2002. While his voice was certainly recognizable he also played an active role as a producer – for KTBC, amongst others – and regularly served as an emcee for various events. Wally regularly worked as a producer for his older brother Richard "Cactus" Pryor. The films in the Wally Pryor collection represent a range of films from home movies, to various pieces he produced, films featuring himself, and several films featuring Cactus Pryor.

Hondo Crouch, the self-proclaimed “Clown Prince of Luckenbach,” was born John Russell Crouch in Hondo, Texas on December 4, 1916. He earned a degree in physical education from the University of Texas. Having been an All-American swimmer there, he later encouraged the school to build the Texas Swim Center in 1975. Crouch settled into ranch life near Fredricksburg  and married Helen Ruth (Shatzie) Stieler. He continued to coach swimming, and he also wrote satirical articles for the Comfort News under the pen name Peter Cedarstacker. These “Cedar Creek Clippings” touched on a variety of topics, from politics to everyday issues in country living. 
In 1971, Crouch bought the small town of Luckenbach, Texas, where he earned his fame.  As the mayor, he presided over three people, the dance hall, and a single parking meter. He also held a variety of oddball events, including an all-female chili cook-off and an unofficial world’s fair. He also coined the town’s motto: “Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach.” Hondo was beloved by many, and helped revitalize the near ghost town of Luckenbach. He died in Blanco on September 27, 1976, leaving behind his wife and four children.