One person will drive away from the eighth annual Unity Fest in a new 2013 KIA Soul, autographed by Mark Martin. Other major prizes will include a 48” cut, 26 HP Bad Boy Mower MZ series and a Big Screen HD television.


Unity Fest will be held Saturday, May 25, at Riverside Park in beautiful Batesville Arkansas. The one-day event will be packed with Christian entertainment for the entire family, according to a spokesperson for John 3:16 Ministries, which co-sponsors the event.

Activities will get underway at 3 p.m. with non-stop entertainment and a catfish dinner starting at 5 p.m. The “kid’s corner” will include several jump-and-bounce attractions. The live auction will feature a few scrumptious pies, plus a 1973 Corvette, 1965 Ford Mustang, Ski Boat, Farmall Tractor, Bad Boy MTVs and other items that you will want to be there to place your bid! The main entertainment for the evening will be The Whites, a bluegrass/gospel group, so make plans today to attend the 8th Annual Unity Fest!


Advance tickets for the catfish plates are $10 for adults, with all proceeds going to John 3:16 Ministries. The winner does not have to be present at the time of the drawing.


Persons planning to attend the event are reminded to bring lawn chairs and stay for several hours of wholesome entertainment, a spokesperson for the event said.


John 3:16 Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping men with additions. It receives no funding from state or federal agencies. Their support comes from area churches, businesses and individuals. The long-term program is free to any man needing help.


Tickets are available in Batesville at Citizens Bank Main Location, First Community Bank Main Location and Dairy Queen. For more information about Unity Fest and other places to purchase tickets, call 870-799-2525 or visit