This year the Spring Water Festival continues a tradition of live and local entertainment with highly talented performers. Entertainment will kick off on Friday night with Beach Music by the Carolina Coast Band. Entertainment on Saturday will include the Royal Scotsmen Band, Blue Sky Band, Jake Bartley Band, Rockabilly group Honey and the Hot Rods and headliner Austin Webb.
The Jake Bartley Band will headline the mid-day performances on Saturday with a rocking show beginning at 1 p.m. Bartley is a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist from Greenwood who toured the Country as the lead vocalist and guitarist with the Swingin’ Medallions (Double Shot of my Baby’s Love).
He recently teamed up with some of area’s top musicians, including Williamston’s Andrew Crawford, to form The Jake Bartley Band.
Before becoming a member of the Jake Bartley Band, Crawford traveled and played on the road with Grammy winning artist Randy Kohrs and multiple Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale. He has performed with artists including Dierks Bentley, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and others. Crawford has performed on the Grand Ole Opry.
Headlining the festival at 6 p.m. Saturday will be Austin Webb. The hometown “country music star” is currently performing at some of this year’s biggest country music festivals and fairs with some of country music’s biggest names
In May, his latest single release, “All Country On You,” broke the Top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and is getting airplay across the country and locally.
The all day gospel stage will feature award winning gospel group Eternal Vision from Knoxville Tennessee, local favorite Catlin Tierce along with 11 others.
Eternal Vision has performed at the National Quartet Convention, Dollywood’s Harvest and Gospel Music Celebration and have been nominated for more than 40 “Fan Favorite” awards.
There will not be bleachers provided by the town this year at any of the stages, so festival goers are encouraged to bring a folding or lawn chair to the festival.
On the community kids stage will be performances and exibitions by K&M Dance Studio, Jack’s Drum Shack, Palmetto High Dance Team, Tiger Paw Martial Arts Academy, Buttons the Clown and Chad’s Fight Club.
Guthrie Grove Church will have candy, prizes and free games for children including Lucky Duck pickup. They will be in the long shed on Saturday.
The park playground will also be open featuring newly installed toddler playground area.
If you are looking for more excitement for the young ones, there will also be amusement rides and rides on the town’s 1936 Antique Fire Truck.
The car show, sponsored by Clinkscales Chevrolet, McDonalds and the Williamston Fire Department, is sure to be worth checking out.
Persons interested in entering a vehicle in the car show can register in advance or Saturday morning. To register contact Steve Ellison at 864-847-4950. There will be awards in a number of categories.
As usual the festival will feature approximately 100 craft and business vendors, the area’s largest antique and classic auto show, kids activities, amusement rides, live music and other special attractions.
“Festival goers can come to the Spring Water Festival and find something for the entire family and not spend any money,” Festival Chairman David Meade said. “With free parking, free admission, a free car show, free kids activities and games, and free live entertainment from some of the best performers in the Upstate.”
“But bring some money as you may want to try some of the festival food, buy a special craft item, or let the kids ride the fun amusement rides.”
Meade said, “It looks as if the weather will cooperate with high temps of 88 to 90 degrees and a low chance of rain. Come on out and enjoy a fun time, see some old friends and enjoy the festival.”