Spring Water Festival to feature more than 35 Craft Vendors and other special events

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More than thirty-five vendors will be offering handmade, personalized and unique items for sale in the craft area at this year’s Spring Water Festival. Vendors from across the upstate and local will be offering a variety of handmade craft items including: Linda Brown of Old Fort with handmade gel candles, dried fruit garlands; Breanna Cain of Piedmont with oil and acrylic paintings & drawings, watercolor on fabric and painting on glass; Alma Crawford of Pendleton with Bears, dishcloths, pocketbooks, jewelry and asst handmade crafts; Jimmy Haning of Pelzer with wood pallet art and Bill Higgins of Easley offering Peppermills, salt and coffee grinders, bottle openers, pens, bowls, key chains, razors, cutting boards and rolling pins. Williams Morrison of Johnson City, TN will offer Caricatures and cartoon portraits.
Other items available at the Spring Water Festival include: Custom Tie Dye, Embroidery, Native American & African style crafts, marshmallow blow guns and children’s toys, jewelry and much more. “Come Friday night or early Saturday and see what our vendors have for you,” said Craft Vendor Organizer Beth Watkins.
This year’s feastival will feature a variety of special events.

The Town of Williamston will place a plaque in honor of Jean Taylor on the covered bridge in Mineral Spring Park during the Spring Water Festival Saturday. A special ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. to unveil the plaque on the bridge which is  a favorite place she likes to sit. Taylor’s popular social media page “I’m from Williamston” has items of interest and photos related to the Williamston area. Mayor Mack Durham said was recognition for the “good works you have done providing a positive voice in our community.” The covered footbridge that crosses Big Creek will become known as the Jean Taylor bridge.

A display of unique and original pottery will be on exhibit in the Williamston Municipal Center Exhibit Hall during the Spring Water Festival. The pottery production is a joint venture between Anderson master potter Ross Bryant and local artist/ art teacher Thomas Addison, and features a pottery glaze that is unique to the local area. The glaze on the pottery pieces is a homemade mixture which is created from the “chalybeate” or mineral spring water collected from the mineral spring in the park. The color on the pottery is derived from the high concentration of iron carbonate, which has been a well-known feature of the spring since its discovery in the late 1830’s by West Allen Williams.
There will be a Little Miss and Master Spring Water Festival Pageant held Aug 24th in the Municipal Center Auditorium. This is a fundraiser pageant for The Mill Town Players and Spring Water Festival projects. Deadline has been extended to this Thursday, Aug. 22 for entry. The pageant is for girls ages are 0-18 boys age 0-7 and no pageant dresses are needed. For information and application email wking5670@charter.net or call 230-0157.
Bob Seymore of Atlanta will bring the fantastic world of STATUARY back to Williamston depicting the town’s founder West Allen Williams.
The 2019 Spring Water Festival T-Shirt is white with blue logo and features the Envision Williamston mural design by Thomas Addison. Addison’s mural design of “Unbroken Chain of Mineral Spring Water”, can be seen on the side of the building located across from Calvary Church and near the new Anderson Drive “Gateway Welcome Sign”.
The Williamston Area Historic Commission will have for sale a limited number of Gene Welborn’s book, A Town Springs Forth, the Story of Williamston, South Carolina. Cost of the hardback book is $40. The book will be available on Saturday during the Spring Water Festival in the historic Scout Hut located in the Mineral Spring Park. The book is a compilation of history, photographs, maps and yarns of Williamston and the surrounding area collected from a multitude of Individuals and raw research, according to the local historian and author (deceased).
There will also be a 5K Spring Water Run and car show sponsored by the Williamston Fire Department and Clinkscales Chevrolet.
Guthrie Grove Church will have a puppet show, games and other activities for children. Buttons the Clown will entertain with balloon art.
Live entertainment will be happening both days.
Hours for the festival this year will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
More information at www.springwaterfestival .com