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The Chilympiad in San Marcos (1980)

Wallace and Euna Pryor

Sound | 1980

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  •  Wally Pryor cooking up some chili at the KTBC-TV booth 
  •  Let the music begin 
  •  A group begins dancing the Cotton-Eyed Joe 
  •  Stick horse play 
 
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This footage captures scenes of the events surrounding the Chilympiad, a chili cook off at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. The footage opens with a focus on the KTBC-TV’s chili booth where the staff from KTBC – including Wally Pryor – are busy cooking up chili. Wally Pryor emceed the Chilympiad for many years. Attendees enjoy the music, including a cover of “Lonseome Fugitive” and line dances, chili, and stick horse theatrics.
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.