Souvenir T-Shirt features Mural Art

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”, was brought to life by Palmetto High Art students Kerrigan Campbell and Rebecca Stephen, under the direction of Art teacher Gregg Davis, for Envision Williamston. The mural was the fifth placed in Williamston over the last year and can be seen on the side of the building located across from Calvary Church and near the new Anderson Drive “Gateway Welcome Sign”.  The full color print T-shirts are $15. Also available will be a Spring Water Festival ballcap, coffee cups and water bottles. Souvenirs will be available at the Spring Water Festival souvenir tent in the craft area of the festival.
 A limited supply of previous festival T-shirts will be available at special prices.
Don’t leave the festival without your Spring Water Festival souvenir.

Spring Water Festival Car Show features over 100 entries

A tremendous display of antique and classic autos and trucks will surely delight enthusiasts during the 38th Annual Spring Water Festival. The show is being held at the Williamston Fire Dept. and on West Main St. in front of the park. It is being sponsored by Clinkscales Chevrolet in Belton and the Williamston Fire Department.
Organizer Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said he is expecting more than 100 antique autos, street rods, customs, trucks and other special vehicles to be on display.
The show will feature the town’s 1936 Chevrolet Fire Engine. Vehicles from outside the local area are also expected.
This year there will be a $500 Cash Give-a-Way to registered entries, $100 each hour. Registration will be $20 with awards to the top 25, plus six specialty awards. Owners may register their vehicles between 8 a.m. and noon on festival day.
Persons interested in displaying a customized vehicle, antique or tractor in the show should call  (864) 844-7171, 847-4155 or 847-4950 for more information.
 Specialty awards include Best Original, Best GM, Best Ford, Best Truck, Best Street Rod, Best Rat Rod, Mayor’s Choice, and The Will Drake Memorial Award. Trophies are a special design. 
The fire department will also offer $1 rides on the restored 1936 Chevrolet fire engine.

Spring Water Festival to have variety of delicious food

The Spring Water Festival offers a wide selection of food items that festival goers are sure to enjoy. From festival favorites and staples including Philly Cheese Steaks, Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Polish Dogs, Corn Dogs,  Barbecue Pork, Chicken, Ribs and Pork Chops to Chili Cheese Fries, Hot Wings, Shrimp, Fish, Tacos and more.
If you are looking for something sweet or something cool, there will be Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake, funnel cakes, homemade ice cream, fresh donuts, flavored snow ice and fresh squeezed lemonade.
And of course, boiled peanuts and cotton candy!
Vendors will also offer soft drinks, tea and water.
All of this and more can be found at this year’s Spring Water Festival!
Twelve food vendors, some local and some not, will offer their specialties. They are:
New – HOLLY’s CONCESSIONS – Hot Wings, Rib Eye Steak, Pork Chops, Fish and Shrimp.
MAMACITAS CARNITAS – Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, Nachos, Fruit Crepes.
DANNY DOGS – Hot Dogs, Polish Dogs, Fries.
MILE HIGH SWEETS – Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake, Strawberries, Grapes and Bananas.
MILE HIGH CONCESSIONS – Philly Steaks, Foot Long Corn Dogs, Chili Cheese Fries.
ROAD RUNNER – Funnel Cakes, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade.
WAINAI SHAVED ICE – Three Sizes, Eight Flavors.
MAMA’S SWEET SHOPPE – Fancy Fresh Donuts.
GRANDMA’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM – Ice Cream.
HEY BO SASSY SOW BBQ – Pulled Pork & Pulled Chicken,  Baby Back Ribs, Fresh Cut Chili Cheese Fries.
HUDSON PEANUT COMPANY – Boiled Peanuts and Cotton Candy.
SOUTHERN SMOKE BBQ – Barbecue Pulled Pork, Ribs.
 

Spring Water Festival Pageant deadline extended to Aug. 22

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. 

Spring Water Festival 2019

SPRING WATER FESTIVAL
August 23 & 24, 2019
Mineral Spring Park

Williamston, SC

State Hwy. 20 just off I-85 between Anderson and Greenville, SC

Arts & Crafts  Live Music  Gospel Music Showcase
Free Children’s Activities Amusement Rides
Spring Water 5K Run  1 Mile Fun Run
Antique Car Show   Festival Food  Exhibits Souvenirs   

Directions to Festival
From I-85 or Hwy. 29, exit onto Hwy.8 to Pelzer (Exit 32)
Right on Hwy. 20 into downtown Williamston

50 plus Crafters – 50 plus Display Vendors – 12 Food Vendors
Live Music on 3 stages
125 + Car Show entries – Antique Fire Truck exhibit – Fire Truck Rides

FREE ADMISSION – FREE PARKING
All Events – Rain or Shine
No alcohol – No coolers – No Pets – No Bicycles, No Skate Boards

2019 Festival Brochure

Twelve food vendors to offer a variety of food

Twelve food vendors will offer a variety of festival food and snacks at the 2019 Spring Water Festival. They are Holly’s Concessions, Mamacita, Danny Dogs, Mile High Sweet, Mile High Concessions, Road Runner, Wainani Shaved Ice, Mama’s Sweet Shoppe, Grandma’s Homemade Ice Cream, Hey Bo Sassy Sow BBQ, Hudson Peanut Company and Southern Smoke BBQ.

Spring Water Festival special attractions

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 for entry is Monday, August 19.
The pageant is for girls ages are 0-18 boys age 0-7. Entry fee is $35. No pageant dresses needed. Only a summer dress or summer outfit. Every participant receives a crown. For info sheet and application please email wking5670@charter.net or call 2300157.

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”, was brought to life by Palmetto High Art students Kerrigan Campbell and Rebecca Stephen, under the direction of Art teacher Gregg Davis, for Envision Williamston. The mural was the fifth placed in Williamston over the last year and can be seen on the side of the building located across from Calvary Church and near the new Anderson Drive “Gateway Welcome Sign”.

Twelve food vendors will offer a variety of festival food and snacks. They are Holly’s Concessions, Mamacita, Danny Dogs, Mile High Sweet, Mile High Concessions, Road Runner, Wainani Shaved Ice, Mama’s Sweet Shoppe, Grandma’s Homemade Ice Cream, Hey Bo Sassy Sow BBQ, Hudson Peanut Company and Southern Smoke BBQ.

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. There will also be a 5KSpring 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.
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.

SWF Announces Entertainment

Organizers of the 38th Annual Spring Water Festival have announced entertainment for the two day festival which will be held Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24.
 
Music lovers are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a day of music and other activities. The festival features a variety of performers on three stages including a children’s stage, gospel stage and the Mineral Spring Park Amphitheater Stage.
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.
The festival will kick off on Friday evening with live music, festival food and many of the craft vendors will be offering items.
The Blue Sky Blues band will kick off entertainment at 6 p.m. and will be followed by Powerglide with the SLS Horns at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Angela Easterling and the Beguilers will start entertainment at 10 a.m. followed by The Royal Scotsmen Band at 12 noon, Easton Gowan at 1:45 and the Carolina Coast Band at 3 p.m.
Eternal Vision will again headline the Gospel Stage.
Additional information on performers and schedules will be posted soon!
FEATURING:

Powerglide Band with SLS Horns – 

Individually the members of PowerGlide are considered some of the best in the industry, together they are a powerhouse.  The brainchild of Calvin “KC” Clifton on vocals and bass, with Angela Walker, on vocals and keyboards, Cornell Pearce on guitar and John “BJ” Chandler on drums laying down a funky foundation, PowerGlide’s creative, spontaneous and driving arrangements create an excitement for the listener that is riveting. Matt Williams on vocals and trumpet, Charlie “Shoe” Shoemaker on saxophone and Ben Denne on trombone – the SLS horns take things to a whole new level. The band plays without limits and definitely doesn’t hold back.
 PowerGlide’s sound reaches into the R&B, jazz, blues, soul, funk and rock catalog with solid remixes that remind you of the first time you heard it – a sound that excites the soul. Mix that with original selections and you’ll be on your feet.  Their playlist includes Maze, Chicago,  Kool and the Gang,  Bruno Mars, PFunk, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Aretha Franklin, ColdPlay, Candy Dulfer and Cameo,  just to name a few.
powerglideband.com
 
 
Blue Sky Blues Band
The Blue Sky Blues Band is a local blues/rock band from Piedmont that boasts some of the area’s top local talent. Featuring Ian Alerre on drums, Steve Myers on bass, and Adam Lindsley on guitar and vocals. They will perform a variety of classic blues and rock songs with a few originals mixed in.

Easton Gowan
Easton is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Williamston who has been playing a musical instrument since he was 6 years old. His passion for music led him to write his first original song, “My Bail” at the age of 16. He was a featured singer in the concert, CLASSIC COUNTRY at MillTown Players for three shows recently.
Easton is part of the NewSpring Fuse development band, takes part in the Palmetto High Concert Choir and performs at many festivals, restaurants, other local venues.
 
Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner with the Beguilers
Angela Easterling brandishes her songwriting chops with rootsy, refreshing, homespun tunes. Her backing band, The Beguilers (bass, drums and lead guitar), master many complex styles, with instrumentation that fleshes out the stories in Angela’s songs, and adds some rocking fun. Their act is not quite country, not quite folk, but altogether unique and engaging.
Angela lives with her musical partner and their two young sons on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 1791. Her most recent release, “Common Law Wife”, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums, and earning much praise in the press. Her album, “BlackTop Road”, produced by Will Kimbrough, remained on the Americana top 40 airplay chart for 7 weeks, and was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and Country Weekly. She was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase, official showcases at both NERFA and SERFA (Folk Alliance) and is a four-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist (2009, 2010, 2015, 2018) a 2011 Telluride Troubadour and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Top 10 Finalist (2012 & 2015). The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture”  “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music picks. Angela’s music was featured in commercials (Southwestern Bell) and several of her songs were used in the series “Horsepower” on Animal Planet. She has appeared on the WSM-hosted stage at the CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair, on the nationally broadcast public radio program “Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know”, the popular ETV show “Making It Grow”, Sirius XM Outlaw Country’s “Buddy and Jim Show” with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, and was also interviewed by noted NPR journalist Bob Edwards. She was invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root’s Music, as well as the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
Angela tours the U.S., both solo and duo with Brandon Turner, as well as with her crowd-pleasing band The Beguilers. She has played numerous concert series and music festivals, including Six String Concerts (Columbus, OH), Shakori Hills, Fall for Greenville, NC Apple Festival, Strawberry Festival, Albino Skunkfest and more. She has opened for or appeared with The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jim Lauderdale, Scott Miller, The Steel Wheels, Sarah Jarosz, Elizabeth Cook, Lucinda Williams, Charlie Louvin, Robbie Fulks, Tracy Grammer, Mary Gauthier, Ray Price (at the Birchmere), Suzy Bogguss, Ellis Paul, Tom Brosseau, Eilen Jewell, Radney Foster, Will Kimbrough, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Lori McKenna. Angela is currently playing a full schedule of shows, while working in the studio on her soon-to-be-released 6th album.
For more info on Angela, including tour dates and more, visit www.angelaeasterling.com.
 
 
Royal Scotsmen Band
 
A long time favorite at the Spring Water Festival, The Royal Scotsmen Band was formed in the mid-60s by the Chambers brothers, Ed, Joe and Tom. For over 20 years, during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the group played throughout the northern and southeastern United States. The group played with many classic beach groups including The Georgia Prophets, The Covers, The Drifters, Cornelius Brothers, and Sister Rose, and Mel & Tim. After a 15-year hiatus, Ed and Joe have reunited with sister Kim, Leeann Fant, Harold “Big Poppa Beach” Alverson, and Steve Scott.
Hailing from 16 miles south/southwest of Greenville in the sleepy town of Pelzer, the band wrote and played a wide variety of music, always including and now returning to what they like best – beach music.
The members of the Royal Scotsmen Band are: Joe Cambers – lead vocals, Kim Chambers – Vocals, Ed Chambers – Bass, Charyl Bryson – Keyboard, Keith White – drums, Stan Hendrix – Guitar, Paul Fitzgerald – horns, David Vanderberg – horns and Sound by Mark Switzer.
WE LOVE BEACH MUSIC! We love to perform at all kinds of venues but our favorite are festivals where families can come and enjoy our music. We want to make sure beach music never dies!
We would love to entertain at your event! Call, email or message us today! Booking Agent Joe Chambers at 864-304-4923 or email joebob1109@gmail.com or royalscotsmenband@charter.net
The Spring Water Festival welcomes back The Royal Scotsmen Band!
 
 
Carolina Coast Band
The Carolina Coast Band originated in the Upstate of SC in 2013 and began building its nucleus in the Carolina Beach Music market by assembling a staff of regionally and nationally acclaimed musicians that, as individuals, has achieved many awards in the industry. 
The band delivers a combined 90 years of experience in Beach, Motown, R&B, and Oldies music to satisfy the demands of today’s party requests. Their popularity continues to grow as they span the East Coast of the US performing and promoting Carolina Beach Music, R&B, and Party Music. 
The band is a member of the Carolina Beach Music Association, (CBMA), and is current 2018 recipient of “The Rising Star” Award received at the CBMA Awards Ceremonies at Alabama Theater in North Myrtle Beach in November.
Joey Werner, the band’s manager plays keyboards and is a lead vocalist having performed with many artists, including early stints as a drummer with the original members of the Swingin’ Medallions” as well as many others throughout the years.
Frank Wilkie is bass guitarist and toured internationally with The Marshall Tucker Band, Rickey Godfrey Band, and Garfeel Ruff Band, where they landed in a movie.
Kym McKinnon is lead guitarist and lead vocalist and toured nationally for 15 years with Nappy Brown, famous blues artist.
Big Tez Sherard is on drums and lead vocals and tours frequently with National Artist, Edwin McCain, and has worked with other artists such as Darius Rucker, and The Tams.
Alan Nowell is on saxes, woodwinds, and vocals. He has toured with several bands including The Out-of-Towners Band.
Rhonda McDaniel, Ten year CBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and recording artist with several #1 Hits, joined the band in 2016 and has added her talents of both vocals and keyboards to give the band a great show of shag and beach music. 
Rickey Godfrey of Nashville, TN, joined the band in 2018 on guitar, keyboards, and lead vocals. Rickey is the recipient of many CBMA awards in the early 2000’s, including song of the year, and male vocalist of the year. Not to mention he took the Blues Artist award for the City of Nashville last year.
The Band travels the East Coast US from Myrtle Beach, Edisto Beach, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, North Carolina, Washington, DC, Jacksonville, FL, Panama City, Florida, and Georgia, sharing their fun with their many fans throughout the east coast.
The Taxslayer Gator Bowl, a nationally televised New Year’s Day College Football Game in Jacksonville, Florida, featured The Carolina Coast Band for their 2014 New Year’s Eve Party during pre-game activities.
Coming up in February, 2020, The Band will be touring The Carribean Cruising on Carnival with The Embers. Book your reservation by contacting “All-About-Travel” in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Contact Carolina Coast Band on Facebook or www.Carolinacoastband.com for your next event!!!
 

Get ready for the Spring Water Run

Organizers of the Annual 5K Spring Water Run are now accepting advance registration. The run is being held Saturday, Aug. 24 in conjunction with the 38th Annual Spring Water Festival.
The 2019 Spring 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. Drinks and snacks will be provided for runners.
Entry fee for the Spring Water Run is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the race. Pre-registration ends on August 23. Entry fee for Fun Run is $10, Ages 12 and under free. Shirts will be $10 for the one mile run.
Packet pickup and pre-registration will be held on Friday, Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ace Hardware, 29 Pelzer Ave. in Williamston.
Registration will be held on the day of the run, August 24 between 6:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot beside McDonald’s in downtown Williamston. Online registration is available at www.itsabouttime.run/event-registration.
Trophies will go to the top two males and females in the 5K, the top male and female masters and medals to second and third place male and female by age group.
Age groups will include 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65 and over.
Awards and drawings will be held following the 5K run. All registered runners are eligible for race day drawings which will include a variety of prizes. Pictures of all winners will be made immediately after presentation of awards.
The course includes city streets and country roads with rolling hills. Splits will be called at the one and two mile mark and water stations will be on the course. Food and drink will be provided after the race for runners. The Williamston Police Department will secure all major intersections and MedShore Ambulance will be on site.
 
Additional information including registration forms is also available online at www.springwaterfestival.com or email: springwater5krun@gmail.com.
 
 
Applications are also available and can be dropped off at The Journal office at 106 West Main St., in Williamston