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October 7, 2011

Crazy Water Festival kicks off

Organizers gearing up 32nd run of festival that celebrates city's mineral water discovery, colorful history

By Libby Cluett | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

There are many new features to the 2011 Crazy Water Festival, including events Friday night to kick off the community fun, and new ways to enter the festival grounds Saturday.

Perimeter fencing and four entry points this year will aide with security. To enter, festival goers must bring a canned food item or pay $2 at the entry point. This gets them an ID bracelet, allowing them to come and go through the gates.

“We are excited and hope for the best,” said Festival Chair Carol Elder, who changed the venue last year to the neighborhood blocks near her Famous Water Company store.

“Everything is coming together. We have professionals and experts in every part of the community contributing. We have people showing up to help,” she said.

This year's festival has many returning and new features, including a Rahr and Sons beer brewed using Crazy Water. Elder said the four kegs for the festival are stored at Keg 1 until Friday night, when the first will be tapped at the Crazy Car Cruise ending point – the old high school outdoor amphitheater.  

The remaining kegs will be at the festival's beer garden Saturday, in the backyard of the Famous Water Company.

In addition to hand-made beer and vintage and crazy cars, this venue will also feature musicians – Saturday headliners – from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Carrie Elkin will open with her full band, while Steve Poltz, of San Diego, will close, playing solo at the amphitheater.

“We're thrilled for the festival, now kicking off Friday night. And not just kicking off Friday, but having so many events that appeal to a wide assortment of interests,” Elder said.

Friday also features the Crazy Art and Wine Walk in the 100 block of N.E. 1st Avenue, with Celtic music, wine tasting, visual art and dancing. The art and wine walk takes place 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“It's the first ever art and wine walk with artists coming from across the state,” Elder added. “Then there's the car cruise through Mineral Wells, ending at the old high school amphitheaters,” which she said could have as many as 100 vehicles.

On Saturday, by the First Christian Church, Elder said Chance Foreman, a University of North Texas art student, will demonstrate making a portrait from duct tape.

“The Mineral Wells Art Association is having an art show in the church,” she added.

Thursday morning, D.C. Whittenburg's Mineral Wells High School Skills USA students were busy helping set up fencing, signs and booth locations for Saturday's Crazy Water Festival, using their skills to measure booth sites, map out the Crazy Children's Area fencing and help David Adams with the main stage.

Adams, the festival's music director, said Poltz and Elkin are co-headlining with Dallas-based songwriter and producer Salim Nourallah. All play on the festival's main stage, with: Elkin and her band playing 10-11 a.m.; Poultz playing solo from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Nourallah, with a full band, 3:35-4:25 p.m.

Elkin will play solo-acoustic 12:10-1 p.m. on the acoustic stage in the beer garden and Nourallah will also play on this stage from 4:50 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Poltz collaborated on the number two Jewel song, “You Were Meant for Me,” in 1996.

“He has continued writing hits in the adult contemporary, folk singer/songwriter genre,” said Adams, Poltz, a founding member of the Indy-Rock band The Rugburns, will play solo on Saturday. Adams said the musician loves the local Brazos River Valley region, since playing at the Double J Hacienda in July.

“He has grown fond of the Mineral Wells area and, in particular, the history surrounding the city and its Crazy Water,” Adams added.

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