Festival at the Well Saturday in Glenwood

Published 3:00 am Friday, May 20, 2016

Much like the old flowing that is the hallmark of its community, Glenwood’s annual Festival at the Well just keeps going and going, from sunup until way after sundown.

Most festivals end when the sun goes down but the Festival at the Well kicks into second gear and the fun and fellowship continue with dancing in the streets.

The 23rd Glenwood Festival at the Well kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Festival Parade through downtown and, from there it’s non-stop festival fun said, Steve Holmes, emcee for the festivities.

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“We’ve got a great festival planned from start to finish,” he said. “The parade will get us off to a fast start and we won’t slow down.”

The “down home” festival is held right in the heart of town and features an Artesian well that has been a gathering place for people in Crenshaw, Coffee and Pike counties since the mid-1800s. Drinking from the well is a festival tradition and few leave without a visit to the well.
“The festival will feature arts and crafts and games for the kids,” Holmes said. “We’ll have all kinds of festival food and the Glenwood Fire Department will have its famous barbecue for sale until it gives out. And, there will be entertainment on the festival stage all day and into the night.”
Following the Festival Parade, there will be a Beauty and Beau Pageant for kids.

The musical entertainment will get underway at 11 a.m. with Hannis & Robert, the Conecuh River Boys.

At noon, Joe Smith will take center stage with the SheBANG! Cloggers following at 12:30 p.m.

“The Benton Brothers & Company will be back again this year and they will perform from 1 until 2 o’clock,” Holmes said. “Kat Deal will come on after the Benton Brothers and Cloudy with a Chance of Hale, featuring Amanda, Dara and Tim Hale, will be on at 3 p.m.”

Cindy Grider will perform at 3:30 p.m., Matt Holmes at 4 p.m. and Link Smith at 5 p.m.

“At 6 p.m. we’ll have storytelling by Mike and Denise Mount from the Atlanta area,” Holmes said. “Mike is from Brantley and a lot of folks know him. They will entertain us with ‘Tales from the North and South.’ This is new act and it’s one you don’t want to miss. But you don’t want to miss anything at the Glenwood Festival at the Well.”

When night begins to fall, around 7 p.m., the Country Rhythm and Blues Band will get folks clapping and dancing with their special brand of country music.

“The band is led by Lenny Trawick and it’s one of the best around,” Holmes said. “So, everybody is invited to come to the Festival at the Well early and stay late. There will be something to do and something to keep you entertained all the time.”

Tickets for Festival at the Well are $5 for adults and $1 for kids under 12. They are good all day and night. You’ve never had so much fun for so little.