Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship Set for Water Carnival Weekend

Aug 8th, 2018 (Batesville, AR)—The Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship is set to kick off on September 7th and 8th at Riverside Park in conjunction with the 75th Annual White River Water Carnival.

This year the contest will be dual sanctioned with the Memphis BBQ Network and the Kansas City BBQ Society. Professional teams from across the country will converge on Batesville for their chance at over $12,000 in prize money. The public is invited to tour pit area located next to the VFW on Saturday, September 8th. Beginning at 2:00 P.M., patrons may donate $10.00 to the Independence County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, in exchange for a sample plate from many of the competitors.

For more information please contact the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-793-2378 or visit

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 and are currently sponsored in part by FNBC, Littlefield Oil, Pepsi, Walmart, and Westrock Orthodontics. The car show is sponsored by the Wood Family dealerships. The parade is sponsored by Citizens Bank. Other carnival entertainment is currently 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.

Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship Set for Water Carnival Weekend

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.