By MEL RHODES
Oh, yeah! This past weekend’s Crazy Water Festival rocked! Bright warm weather brought out crowds of festival-goers who wandered the streets around Famous Water Company seeking fun, food and entertainment.
And they were not disappointed. Along the streets were “cherry” customized cars and trucks gleaming with chrome and deep, luxurious color; kaleidoscopic clowns chatting-up passersby while tying balloons; a dunking booth delighting straight-hurlers; a towering clown on stilts befuddling youngsters; and musicians filling the fall air with rock, country and Gospel tunes. People were eating it up, particularly the funnel cakes and ice cream.
The festival celebrating Mineral Wells’ “magical” waters began in 1979 and has grown into a signature event for the community.
According to festival organizer and Famous Water Company co-owner Carol Elder, this year’s festival was another success for the record books.
“I think it was our best one yet, as far as since we’ve moved the festival to the new location,” she said. The annual festival takes place on the streets around Famous Water Company, which still produces the water that made Mineral Wells famous during the first half of the 20th Century. This is the event’s fourth year at the new site.
“We had a great turnout and the weather cooperated,” Elder said. “There was a fantastic combination of vendors there. All the vendors were very, very happy; most of them said they did the best they’ve ever done. A lot of the food vendors actually ran out of food. So it was very good!”
As a result of the successful festival, Elder expects local food banks will receive a much-needed financial “shot in the arm.”
“We brought in like $12,000 through the gate, which is more than we’ve ever brought in,” Elder said. “So the food banks will probably get $8,000 to $9,000 from the gate.”
She said the fencing system erected around the festival area is a shared expense, and depending on the final bill from the provider, even more money could be funneled into the food banks. Cost of entry was $3 with $1 dollar off per donated canned-food item.
Elder said final numbers and counts and amounts will be available later this week.
“We were pleased,” she concluded. “It just keeps getting better and better!”