Organizers of the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival said the event may have broken two records this year. With a high temperature of 96 degrees and a heat index of 105, the festival was one of the hottest in recent memory. That heat in turn affected attendance, which was off considerably. Springwater Committee Chairman David Meade said he estimated that attendance for the festival, which normally ranges from 6000 to 10,000 over two days, was off by about 50 percent.
“The above average temperature and high heat index definitely affected our crowd,” Meade said. “It was extremely hot on Saturday. People were just staying home and staying cool.” Those who did brave the heat and came to the festival enjoyed great entertainment, displays and a variety of items in the craft area, he said. “Most of our crowd came early and there was a steady crowd of visitors throughout the day in the shaded area around the Spring House, food area and the craft area,” Meade said.