75th Anniversary White River Water Carnival Coming September 8

July 19, 2018 (Batesville, AR)—The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and 2018 Water Carnival sponsors announce the details of the 75th White River Water Carnival to be held on September 8, 2018, at Riverside Park in Batesville, Arkansas.

BACC President and CEO, Crystal Johnson said, “The White River Water Carnival is a unique event, adding to the quality of life in North Central Arkansas for the past 74 years. In a time when many long-standing events are dissolving, we are pleased with continued growth and support for the event. The carnival continues to be a successful community development tool for our area. We look forward to carrying on this family-friendly traditio.”

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the carnival, the theme has been named after Elvis Presley, King of Rock & Roll. Elvis performed at the Water Carnival in 1955. The performance is remembered more for Elvis’s behavior during the show. Scheduled to perform two sets for $100, he played only one, refusing to perform the second show. The Water Carnival demanded a refund, and half of Elvis’s fee was returned. Elvis never played in Batesville again. Pres Ellis and the Prestones will pay tribute to the King Saturday night. The band includes Dr. Bill Shelton, Danny Dozier, Jerry Bone, Mike Foster, Kenny Loggains, Molly Hudson, Courtney Clay, and Alicia Davidson. A special Elvis night will take place on Friday, September 7, at the Melba Theater. This event will include a free screening of Blue Hawaii, an Elvis costume contest, and more Elvis inspired activities.

In addition to themed events, favorites like the Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship, the River City Cruisers’ Car Show, the Kid Zone, and the Water Carnival Parade will take place at Riverside Park. Kyle Christopher, BACC Tourism Director, said, “We recognize the importance of incorporating water into the carnival. Water events will include several ski and wakeboard demonstrations. Back by popular demand, Hydroflight will return this year with Team Aquafly of Austin, Texas. Rides will be available to the public for purchase.

We have the best stage of them all, the White River, and we plan to continue to take advantage of that by offering the best on-the-water entertainment in the region.”

Parade entry forms, vendor applications, and a full schedule of events can be found at www.whiteriverwatercarnival.com.

About the White River Water Carnival:

The White River Water Carnival is a free, family event that features entertainment, food vendors, craft and commercial vendors, a parade, and kids’ activities. Kids’ activities require the purchase of an admission band sponsored by FNBC, Littlefield Oil, Pepsi, Walmart, and Westrock Orthodontics. River City Cruiser’s Car Show is sponsored by Wood Family Dealerships. The parade is sponsored by Citizen’s Bank. Other carnival entertainment sponsored by ARCare, Bad Boy Mowers, the City of Batesville, Flowers Baking Company, Home Depot, Life Plus, Merchants & Planters Bank, Ozark Mountain Poultry, Precise Heating & Air, Sherwood Urgent Care, Sonic Drive-In, Southern Charm, UPS Store, and White River Now. For more information, please contact Kyle Christopher at (870) 793-2378 or tourism@batesvilleareachamber.com.

Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.