‘Festival at the well’ May 21 in Glenwood

Published 3:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2016

If you’re in for old timey, down home, traditional country family fun, then the Annual Glenwood Festival at the Well is where you’ll want to be on Saturday, May 21.

“Old timey, down-home, tradition family fun is the hallmark of the Festival at the Well,” said Steve Holmes, festival public relations chair. “The little town of Glenwood is centered around an old flowing or Artesian well.  The ‘Flowing Well’ has been a gathering place near the confluence of Crenshaw, Coffee and Pike counties, since Glenwood first came into being in the mid-1800s.

“On May 21, the streets and grounds surrounding the landmark flowing well will be filled to overflowing with food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and lots of fun activities for the kids. Delicious smoked barbecue with all the trimmings will be served up by the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department on site, with take home quantities available until they sell out.”

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Holmes said there also will be a Beauty and Beau Pageant and a non-stop lineup of South Alabama’s best entertainers all on stage from early morning to late at night.

“The Festival at the Well is traditionally one of Alabama’s best entertainment values, too. This year we’ll have several newcomers to Glenwood as vocalist Joe Smith performs for the first time on our stage and Matt Holmes is another new addition.”

Also on the festival stage will be long time favorites including the Benton Brothers and Company, Cloudy with at Chance of Hale, The American Legion Dancers, Conecuh River Boys, SheBANG! Cloggers and Cindy Grider.

New to the festival will be Link Smith and storytellers Mike and Denise Mount from Atlanta.

“Mike and Denise will share ‘Tales from the North and South,’” Holmes said. “Mike was born and raised in Brantley and has lots of friends and relatives around here and they won’t want to miss hearing them. And, as always, we’ll have some well-known surprise guests as well.”

The Festival kicks off with a parade at 9 a.m. and winds down with a street dance at 7 p.m. featuring the Country Rhythm and Blues band.

Festival tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for ages under 12 and are good for all day and night.

Reservations are still available for parade participants, tables for the street dance, and vendor booths.  For more information, contact Wayne Gibson, 334-335-3165, Mary Sexton, 335-3426 or Steve Holmes, 335-4360