Plans underway for 32nd Spring Water Festival August 23 & 24

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Plans are coming together for the 32nd Annual Spring Water Festival held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park in August. The festival will again be a two day event, Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24. A new T-Shirt design in two popular colors is now available at ERS Radio Shack in Williamston and will be available along with other festival souvenirs during the festival. The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday evening with craft vendors, children’s rides, a variety of festival food and Beach Music by the Out of Towners Band.

On Saturday, the fun will continue with the Spring Water Run at 7:45, and other activities beginning at 10 a.m. including craft vendors and displays, antique auto show, antique fire truck rides, children’s entertainment and live music on two stages.

Saturday entertainment on the amphitheater stage will include Tom Fisch, Royal Scotsmen Band, Blue Sky, Odyssey, headliner Loretta Holloway and more.

There will be an all day gospel showcase and special children’s entertainment by Jack’s Drum Shack, K&M Dance, Tom Fisch and others.

Palmetto Amusements will return with festival favorites including the Loop-o-Plane, Spinner, Circus Crawl, Berry-Go-Round and Super Swing. Friday night will be Wrist-Band-Night with unlimited rides for one price.

A farmers market will be held in conjunction with the festival this year.

The 5K Spring Water Run will feature more than 200 runners competing on a registered course. The run is an RRCA Palmetto Grand Prix Event.

Entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the race. The one mile race is $15. Registration forms are available in advance at The Journal and online at www.springwaterfestival.com or strictlyrunning.com. Pre-registration ends on August 21.

For additional information contact Chris Bradberry at 864-420-3282 or email bradberry9600@msn.com.

Local businesses and non profits are invited to have a display at the festival to promote their goods and services. For more information contact Dianne Lollis at 847-5743.

Local crafters who would like to display handmade items for sale at the festival are also invited to participate. Contact Ellen Harvell at 847-5588.

The festival will again feature one of the upstate’s largest antique and classic auto shows, being sponsored by the Williamston Fire Department and McDonalds. To register contact Steve Ellison at 864-847-4950.

Additional infomation is available online, along with application forms at www.springwaterfestival.com.

Additional details about the upcoming festival will be announced soon.

The Spring Water Festival is organized by the Williamston Spring Water Committee with support from the Town of Williamston.

Spring Water Committee (SWC) Chairman David Meade said committee members begin meeting in March to plan for the annual event which draws more than 10,000 people over the two days it is held.

Committee members include Calvin Waters, Beth Watkins, Ellen Harvell, Gail Scott, Dianne Lollis, Jim Riddle, Steve Ellison, Shirley Pace, Linda Roberts, Claude Anderson, Catlin Tierce and Chris Bradberry.

Proceeds from the festival are used for projects and to make improvements in Mineral Spring Park and for the Christmas Park in December.

The Spring Water Committee also commissioned a wall mural recently completed in the front office of the Williamston Municipal Center.

Another mural project is being planned for the Bethlehem building in Mineral Spring Park.

SWC members are also involved in other local events including a Spring Water Pageant, the town Freedom Celebration, Boo in the Park and Christmas Park.