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Spring Ho Festival

Wallace and Euna Pryor

Silent | 1970s

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  •  Beauty pageant contestants congregating 
  •  The winner of the pageant 
  •  Welcome to Lampasas 
  •  Sulphur Creek Dam 
  •  A marching band plays on 
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This raw news footage from the 1970s captures several events from the annual Spring Ho Festival in Lampasas. Lampasas is home to former University of Texas Longhorn football player and track star Johnny “Lam” Jones. Established in 1972, the Spring Ho Festival celebrates the historic sulfur springs of the area with a beauty pageant, parade, and other forms of merriment. The film features moments from the beauty contest, including the winning participant in her tiara. A marching band parades through the streets as children play and onlookers enjoy the entertainment.
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, including home movies, various pieces he produced, films featuring himself, and several films featuring Cactus Pryor.