By CLINT FOSTER
Mineral Wells is gearing up for this year’s edition of the Crazy Water Festival, celebrating 134 years of the crazy mineral water that is such a vital part of the city’s history.
The Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce will serve as the main sponsor of the 2013 festival, which is set for two days this year – 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.
Festival Chair and co-owner of Famous Water, Carol Elder, said the family aspect of the festival is a big part of what makes it so great.
“You have great things for the kids and great, enjoyable areas for adults too,” she said. “It’s not just a kids festival, it’s not just an adult festival, it’s fun for the whole family. Even in the beer garden, it’s still a family atmosphere.”
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 around 60 regional artists – which will benefit the Disaster Relief Team of Palo Pinto County – 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.