Mineral Wells Index
By CLINT FOSTER
The City of Mineral Wells has reached another milestone as this year’s Crazy Water Festival will mark the 134th anniversary of the famous mineral water and its impact on the area’s heritage.
Crazy, isn’t it?
The Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce will serve as the main sponsor of the 2013 festival, which is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12 – in the home of Crazy Water, Mineral Wells. The festival promises to be fun for all ages and perhaps the biggest incarnation of the event since its 1979 beginning.
The festival kicks off on Friday night with the Crazy Car Cruise – a parade through town of some of the finest classic and custom-built cars in the area. After the cruise, there will be a concert at the historic outdoor amphitheater behind the Little Rock Schoolhouse – the first-ever public school building in Mineral Wells.
But the festival’s biggest day is Saturday, which begins with the Crazy 5k Run, followed by the official festival opening at 9 a.m. on the festival’s main grounds adjacent to the Famous Mineral Water Company at 209 N.W. 6th Street. In addition to a large array of vendors and activities for all ages, the festival itself will feature sidewalk chalk art created by regional artists and live music from a plethora of groups including 50 Thick, Kevin Rowe and the Prodigal Sons and Adam Hull and the Handsome Half Breeds, among others. The festival will also boast the Crazy Dunking Booth and the return of Crazy Water Rahr Beer in the Beer Garden.
Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Beth Watson said the festival should have a significant positive impact on the local economy.
“The Crazy Water Festival generates substantial economic activity from both tourists and locals as they prepare for the festival,” she said.
“About 9,500 people attended last year, with an estimated 25 to 30 percent from out of the area. It also fills dozens of hotel rooms, so you are talking about a substantial impact for a weekend event. The chamber could not be prouder to sponsor the festival and acknowledges the leadership of Carol Elder in making it a success.”
Watson told the Index her favorite part of the event is the beautiful street chalk art, which will benefit the Disaster Relief Team of Palo Pinto County this year. Disaster Relief Team President Cindy Maness said they are always looking for more artists. She said anyone interested should call Debra Hamlon at 940-452-2317.
Admission to the festival is $3, with $1 off per canned food item donated to support local food banks. For more information on the 134th Crazy Water Festival, visit www.mineralwellstx.com or become a fan of the festival on Facebook.