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Homesteading Festival

The Homesteading Festival and VW Campout held in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park delighted festival goers with a wide variety of displays, vendors and information as well as a chance to see some vintage VW Beetles and vans. More on the event in this week’s Journal. Pictured below is one of the more colorful vehicles on display.

WEB Groovy VW Van

2015 Spring Water Festival has special moments

Organizers of the 2015 Spring Water Festival said they were very pleased with this year’s festival.

“We were blessed with great festival weather and everything went really well,” Springwater Committee Chairman David Meade said. “We had reports that there was rain in several surrounding areas but other than a few drops on Saturday morning, it was great.”

Slightly overcast and cooler temperatures contributed to a good crowd at the festival all day on Saturday, Meade said. While not the largest crowd the festival has had, attendance was better than average. Organizers estimated the crowd at 7000 to 10,000 over the two days of the festival.

Enjoy Spring Water Festival displays

Festival goers enjoy events and information displays at the Spring Water Festival on Saturday in Mineral Spring Park Saturday. More than 50 vendors including businesses, non-profit groups, churches and others handed out information and talked with festival goers during the festival. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Palmetto Mustang Marching Regiment opens festival

The Palmetto Mustang Regiment marching band performed during setup just before the Opening Ceremony of the 34th Annual Spring Water Festival held Saturday in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Peeler visits Farmers Market

Former Lt. Governor Bob Peeler shakes hands with Walter Cook of The Lazy Farmer during his visit to the Palmetto Farmers Market at Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park on Thursday, July 23. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Palmetto Farmers Market open for business

Julia Sermons of Bio Way Farms in Ware Shoals sets up her table of organic vegetables on Thursday at the Palmetto Farmers Market in Williamston. The farmers market is open from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays along the new walking trail in Mineral Spring Park.  The market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, jams and jellies, honey, boiled peanuts, locally-made soap and skin care products and other items. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Big Shot Jimmy entertains

Big Shot Jimmy was one of the many groups performing live music entertaining a crowd at the GWBA Party in the Park on Saturday at Mineral Spring Park in Williamston. The event was sponored by Greater Williamston Business Association and The Town of Williamston. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

GWBA Party in the Park

Enjoying live music at Party in the Park early in the day on Saturday in Mineral Spring Park in Williamston. The all day event featured six different performers, kids inflatables, face painting and a variety of food from local vendors. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Palmetto Farmers Market opens season

The Palmetto Farmers Market is now open from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays along the new walking trail in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.

Winners of the first Palmetto Farmers Market Dollar drawings were Olene Bear and Kathy Lloyd. The market holds a drawing each week in which winners receive $25 in Palmetto Market Dollars to spend at any farmers market vendor.

At the first market held last Thursday, farmers brought yellow squash, locally grown in a high tunnel (hoop house); leeks; lettuce; radishes; turnips; mustard greens; strawberries; sausage, pork chops, and ham hocks; goat cheese and milk; Gouda cheese; honey; eggs; locally-made soap and skin care products; pound cake; smoked olive oil; green onions; bok choy; rabbit and rabbit sausage; chard; kohlrabi; jams, jellies, and salsas; boiled peanuts; handmade dog treats; Leopard Forest coffee; and plants.

Snowy Lane

Snowy Lane in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.

More snow expected Wednesday . . .

After freezing rain, sleet and ice blanketed the area last week, the upstate finally saw a light snowfall early Tuesday morning. With expected accumulations of less than an inch and snow not sticking on roadways, Anderson School District One was operating on a 2 hour delay while Greenville County Schools were closed.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until noon Tuesday, when snow is expected to stop and conditions are expected to dry out. However, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued a Winter Storm Watch for portions of the North Carolina foothills and Piedmont along with upstate South Carolina.

Homesteading Festival Saturday – Oct. 4

Correction – The headline on this story originally stated: Homesteading Festival this Saturday. The festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 4.

The SC Organization for Organic Living and the Town of Williamston will hold the second annual Homesteading Festival this Saturday, October 4. The free, family-friendly day of fun activities, classes, demonstrations, and food will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mineral Spring Park.

A variety of vendors will offer plants, natural gardening products, soaps, lotions, salves, pet food and treats, food preparation and preservation equipment, note cards, products made from recycled and repurposed items, wool, regular farmers market products, and many other items.

Volkswagen show, campout Sept. 12-13

All types of Volkswagens including campers, restored, custom and rails will be back in Williamston in September – Steve White Volkswagen Camp Out and Show will be running on September 12th and 13th. On Friday September 12, camping will be allowed in the park by permit only. Last year over 30 VW Buses, Rabbits, and Bugs and many with tents camped out next to Big Creek. For more information on camping, or to register to camp, please contact Blake Sanders at blakesanders82@gmail.com


On Saturday, September 13, a VW only cruise-in style show will be held from 10 am until 4 pm. Last year the show offered close-up views of 115 VW’s. Local VW parts and memorabilia distributors will have select items available for purchase.

GWBA food vendors will be available for lunch. Door prizes will be held continually throughout the day for show attendees. In addition there will be a free corn hole tournament starting at 10:00am. To register email Blake Sanders at blakesanders82@gmail.com with your team member’s name (limited to 2 people per team), team name, and contact information. Show vehicle registration is not required.

The event is 100% free and open to the public due to the continued support of Steve White Volkswagen, Autech, and GWBA.

Party in the Park expected to draw large crowd

By David Meade

The Town of Williamston and the Greater Williamston Business Assocation (GWBA) are planning for a big weekend. Mineral Spring Park will be alive with music and fun activities surrounding the GWBA Party in the Park which is planned for 6 p.m. this Saturday.

According to GWBA president and event organizer Chris Trotter, Fox Carolina 21 TV news will be broadcasting live in Williamston Friday morning as they feature the town and the music event. The TV news crew with reporter Joe Gagnon will be in Mineral Spring Park beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. Around 8:45 a.m. there will be a live, On-Air Friday dance party.

The band Outshyne, who will headline the music concert on Saturday, will be performing live on the Amphitheater Stage sometime during the live broadcast on Friday.

The “Party in the Park” on Saturday will feature Outshyne and singer Delvin Choice.

Live Nativity to be presented in Christmas Park

The Christmas Park in Williamston will feature a live nativity scene presented by members of Calvary Baptist Church, Williamston. The live nativity will open November 30 and will be presented from 6 – 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night through December 22.

Boo in the Park this Saturday

Williamston’s annual Boo in the Park event will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 5-8 p.m. in Mineral Spring Park. The event will include entertainment, costume contest, fire truck rides, a puppet show, free hotdogs, free candy for kids and other special activities.

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