The 75th White River Water Carnival Parade to Rock & Roll down Chaney Drive

2018 (Batesville, AR)— The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and Citizens Bank are proud to announce the details related to the 75th White River Water Carnival Parade.

The Parade will begin at the intersection of Myers and Chaney Drive in Batesville at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday September 8th, 2018. The parade will make its way down Chaney Drive, ending at the intersection of Chaney and Pioneer Drive.

The theme this year is Elvis Presley, in honor of the musicians return to the Water Carnival stage since his infamous appearance in 1955.

For parade registration 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.

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.