Festival at the Well Saturday in Glenwood

Published 3:00 am Friday, May 15, 2015

The 2nd annual Festival at the Well is set for Saturday at the flowing well in Glenwood.

Since the 1800s, the artesian well has been a social gathering place for the people in Crenshaw, Coffee and Pike counties.

And, for 22 years, the Flowing Well Foundation has set aside a Saturday in May and invited everyone throughout the area to a social gathering at the well.

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Mary Sexton, Foundation member, said the Festival at the Well is an opportunity for Glenwood’s extended community to come together for a day of fun and fellowship.

The Festival at the Well will get underway early with an anything goes parade. Lineup is at 8:30 a.m. at the Glenwood cemetery and the parade steps off promptly at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is not require. Just come and get in line.

“Whatever you want to put in the parade is all right,” Sexton said.

Paraders can ride trucks or cars, push lawn mowers or just walk and wave.

“It’s a fun parade and we invite everyone to be in the parade or come and watch,” Sexton said.

Following the opening ceremony at the Glenwood pavilion, the children’s beauty pageant will get underway at 10 a.m. Children ages six months to 11 years of age may participate. To enter the pageant, call Sherry McSwain at 334-429-0049.

The Festival at the Well will feature non-stop entertainment beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the pavilion and concluding with the Festival Street Dance. The street dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the Country Rhythm and Blues Band.

Entertainment throughout the afternoon will include, the Benton Brothers, SheBANG! Cloggers, Taylor Weeks, Tori Reisnour, Cindy Grider and the American Legion Dancers.

“Dara, Amanda and Tim Hale will return to the Festival stage with their unique, homespun folk music and we are looking forward to having them back along with our other outstanding entertainment,” Sexton said.

The Festival at the Well will also feature local arts and crafts and barbecue by the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department.

“The fire department will have barbecue with all the trimmings and they’ll have Boston butts to buy and take home,” Sexton said. “They will also have hamburgers and hotdogs for sale. We’ll have a couple of other vendors that will have lemonade and ice cream.”

Arts and crafts booths are available for $25 by calling 334-335-3426.

Admission to the Festival at the Well is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Admission to the street dance is $5. Those who attend the Festival will receive armbands that will admit them to the street dance at no additional charge. Reserved tables for the street dance are $100.

All proceeds from the Festival at the Well benefit the Flowing Well Foundation and its scholarship program. Each year the foundation awards up to 12 scholarships to high school seniors in the area.