Spring Water Festival features fun and entertainment for entire family

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The 37th Annual Spring Water Festival will be held this weekend August 24 and 25 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Hours for the festival will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The annual festival returns with over 100 vendors featuring arts and crafts, exhibits and business displays, festival food, children’s activities and rides, 5k Spring Water Run, antique car show, and live entertainment
More than forty vendors will be offering handmade, personalized and unique items for sale in the craft area at this year’s Spring Water Festival.
Just a few of the items that can be found include: handmade bath and body products, personalized tote bags, doll dresses, horseshoe jewelry and art, turkey calls, marshmallow shooters, wine racks, airtbrush art, pallet art, eco friendly items and much more.
AnnMarie Robertson, an Independent Ambassador with Noonday Collection, will be selling jewelry and accessories that have been handmade by artisans all over the world. Any commission she receives from her Noonday sales go directly into her lung transplant fund.
A special opening ceremony will be held at Park’s Center (Gospel) Stage on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9:15 a.m.
Bob Seymore of Atlanta will bring the fantastic world of STATUARY back to Williamston depicting the town’s founder West Allen Williams.
The 2018 Spring Water Festival T-Shirt is purple and features a Spring House design created by artist Breezy Danielle. They will be available at the festival for $10.
Nine food vendors will offer a variety of festival food and snacks.
The 5KSpring Water Run is sanctioned as an RRCA Palmetto USA T&F certified event. The 5K open race will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a 1 mile fun run at 7:45 a.m. Pre-registration ends on August 23 and race registration will be held prior to the race on Saturday. The run is sponsored by Ingles and Lowes.
This year the Spring Water Festival will feature a variety of live music beginning on Friday with the Carolina Coast Band.
The Carolina Coast Band originated in Williamston and includes regionally and nationally acclaimed musicians. Band members include: Joey Werner who is the band manager and plays keyboards and is a lead vocalist; Frank Wilkie is bass guitarist and toured nationally with The Marshall Tucker Band, Rickey Godfrey Band, and Garfeel Ruff Band; Kym McKinnon lead guitarist and lead vocalist, toured nationally for 15 years with Nappy Brown; Blues artist Big Tez Sherard is on drums and lead vocals and tours frequently with Edwin McCain, and has worked with other artists such as Darius Rucker, and The Tams.
Tony Kennedy on sax, harmonica, keyboards, and lead vocals has toured with The Rickey Godfrey Band, The Out-of-Towners Band, and has worked with regional artists such as Billy Scott.
Also with Carolina Coast will be Rhonda McDaniel, Ten Time and current CBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and recording artist with several #1 Hits and Rickey Godfrey of Nashville, TN, on guitar, keyboards, and lead vocals.
On Saturday, entertainment will include the Blue Sky Blues Band, Adam Kiraly Band and headliner Thomas Fountain.
Fountain was named the 2015 Male Georgia Country Artist of the Year. His first single “FLOAT” from his debut self-titled EP, gained him recognition and was followed up with the release of his single “Just Like You”.
The festival will also include performances by 13 artists on the Gospel music stage including: Craig Ledford; Victory Lane; Living Truth; The Grissops; Eternal Vision; Catlin Tierce ; the Chordsmen; David Earl Lawson; Heaven’s Hope; Keith Kanipe; Gary Hart and Hartstrings; All For Hill and King’s Way
Antique and classic autos and trucks will be on display at the Williamston Fire Dept. and on Main St. in front of the park. It is being sponsored by Clinkscales Chevrolet in Belton, McDonalds of Williamston and Belton and the Williamston Fire Department.
Guthrie Grove Church will have a puppet show, games and other activities for children. Buttons the Clown will entertain with balloon art.
The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center will be hosting an exhibit in the Williamston Municipal Building all day Saturday.
The display will feature much of the original artwork created for various advertisements for the festival since its beginning in 1982 by local artist, art teacher and Art Director of the PACAC Thomas Addison.
More information can be found in the Spring Water Festival Program Tab in this week’s Journa or online at www.springwaterfestival .com