By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
The annual Fling at the Springs is set for this Saturday at Government Springs Park in the performing arts pavilion.
Volunteer Sylvan Reynolds said the program will start at 3 p.m. and conclude at about 10:30 p.m. Acts will change every 45 minutes to an hour, he said.
“This year, we have eight acts, and they will change depending on the size of the group. Small groups will be 45 minutes, and bands will be longer, to give them time to set up their instruments,” Reynolds said.
There are some new acts this year, including The Imposters, who play classic rock ‘n’ roll, and Love’s It!, a singing duo from Austin, Texas. They play original compositions, Americana and folk music.
“They are a really entertaining couple,” Reynolds said. “They are multi-instrumental and they both sing well and harmonize well.”
The schedule is:
• 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. — Those Guyz with CiCi and Curt Daugherty.
• 3:45-4:45 p.m. — Americana Deluxe, a local group with a good sound, Reynolds said. The group has played at Q-Spot and Indian Creek Village Winery, and this is their first appearance at Fling at the Springs, he said.
• 4:45 p.m. — Scott Carson, an area man who has played at many of the venues around Enid and now lives near Stillwater. He will play with special guests Rick Reilly and Nick Gedra.
• 5:30 p.m. — The Imposters.
• 6:30 p.m. — Jacob Tovar and Friends. Tovar is a Tulsa musician who has played in Enid a number of times.
• 7:30 p.m. — Love’s It!
• 8:30 p.m. — Harwood, Roberts and Thompson, a local group playing jazz and Americana music.
The closing act at 9:30 p.m. is Suede Panther, a Stillwater-based group, featuring an Enid member. Suede Panther is popular in the Enid area, and plays contemporary rock ‘n’ roll, Reynolds said.
“They will have the crowd wanting more,” he said.
The event is come-and-go and is free to the public. Reynolds said those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to the Q-Spot, which will be a non smoking environment, but the lineup will be the same, he said. Those attending the concert at the park may bring their own beverages, but are requested not to bring glass containers.
There also will be food and beverage vendors at the park. If moved to the Q-Spot, ice chests will not be allowed; beverages may be purchased there. Reynolds expects food vendors to include barbecue, funnel cakes and possibly Mexican food, among others.
Fling at the Springs began in 2002 as a fundraiser for Friends of Government Springs Park, which was an advocacy group for the park. After 2006, the group dropped the idea and it was not done again until it restarted in 2010 with Main Street Enid as the sponsor. It is produced each year by a group of volunteers, and all proceeds go to Main Street to help fund local events. Main Street is the fiduciary accountant for all donations and proceeds, Reynolds said.
There are a number of sponsors for the event, including Western Enterprises, which will perform a fireworks show at about 9 p.m. Other major sponsors include Main Street, Security National Bank, Park Avenue Thrift, Northcutt Chevrolet-Buick-Toyota, Q-Spot, Grays Photography and Gaslight Theatre.
“During the run of the festival, there will be T-shirts in a limited number, some artists will have CDs and merchandise (will be) available immediately following their performance at the information tent at the park,” Reynolds said. “If it’s a decent day, be sure to bring sunscreen and maybe an umbrella — it can be warm and sunny in the afternoon.”
Reynolds said Fling at the Springs is strictly a volunteer effort by people who want to showcase Enid and regional talent.
“It’s a fun day in the park for the whole family, with music for the whole family,” he said.
The intent is to give a venue to local musicians who are talented, ones most people don’t have the opportunity to hear. Supporters hope to be able to continue to offer that sort of outlet for artists and entertainment for everyone.
“It’s a good thing. It hangs around and people seem to enjoy it. It’s one of those quality of life events that we like to offer to Enid citizens and make a fun day. It’s free to families; they can come and go,” Reynolds said. “Where can you find any better entertainment than that?”