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 admission tokens and are currently sponsored by ARCare, FNBC, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Walmart, and Westrock Orthodontics. The parade is currently sponsored by FutureFuel Chemical Company. Other carnival entertainment, activities, and advertising are sponsored by Arkansas Graphics, Bad Boy Mowers, Batesville Printing, Bryant’s Pharmacy, Citizens Bank, Cup’d Up Outdoors, Dr. Rodney Griffin Dental, First Community Bank, Flowers Baking Company, Life Plus, Merchants & Planters Bank, Ozark Mountain Poultry, Peco, Sherwood Urgent Care, Sonic Drive-in, Southern Bank, Village Veterinary Care, Wood Family Dealerships, White River Health System, and WRD Entertainment. For more information, please call BACC at (870) 793-2378.
The 73rd White River Water Carnival is upon us! The carnival is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 27th in Riverside Park and we hope to see you there! Below is a tentative schedule of confirmed events. Other activities and entertainment will be posted as it is confirmed.
MDA Fire Truck Pull – benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted by the Batesville Fire Department
Teams of 10 members can register by calling (870) 698-2439 or before 10 AM on the day of the event. It is requested that each team raise $100 to register for the event. A silent auction will take place in conjunction with the event.
The kidzone will open at 11 AM and close at 7 PM. A special promotion for kidzone token packages will begin August 8th. Purchase 15 tokens for $10 from Aug. 8 until Wednesday, August 24th! If you visit any of these businesses, please say a word of thanks for their sponsorships that have made the Kidzone possible: ARCare, FNBC, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Walmart, and Westrock Orthodontics.
River City Cruisers’ Car Show
Registration begins at 8 AM and the show will open at 10 AM. Top 100 will be awarded and a Best of Show will be chosen. Scott Wood Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram and Stanley Wood Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick & GMC have generously sponsored the car show again this year after one of the most successful shows last year! This is a MUST SEE!
Vendors will open at 10 AM.
Eats & Treats:
Scott’s Peace of Pie // The Salsa Wagon // Kona Ice // Crossfire BBQ // Main Street Batesville Lemonade Stand // Dry Creek Concessions // Reggae Flavas // Dippin’ Dots // Oscar’s BBQ
Arts & Crafts/Commerical:
Sherry’s Puzzle // Real Life Apparel // A Step Forward // SS Custom Designs // M & K Creations // Humane Society of Independence County // Ozark Foothills Literacy Project // Fusion Dance Academy // Country Deep // Duckanator // Arkansas Center for Independence // Community Builders, Inc. // BodyFit // Ozark Mountain Gypsy // Arkansas National Guard // Seal Smart // Bath Fitter // Dog Guard // BodyFit // West Baptist Church // Independence County Off Road // Survival Flight // AR Health & Wellness // Jewelry N-A-Snap // Scentsy // Jewelry (Diane Guess) // Branching Out Tree Service
For more information, please contact: Serena Martin, Vendor Coordinator at (870) 793-2378 or email@example.com.
Cup’d Up Outdoors Presents Local Entertainment:
Covering music from all different genres and decades, the Alicia Williams band will perform on the main stage at 11:00 AM. This is a great way to kick-off our first set of main stage entertainment sponsored by Cup’d Up Outdoors.
Fusion Dance Academy takes the stage at 12:00 NOON, BHS Drumline* showcases their talent at 12:30 PM, Without Limits MMA performs a demonstration of their talents at 12:45 PM, and BodyFit* performs ZUMBA routines beginning at 1:00 PM. Stick around for the Lyon College Pipe Band, which will play bagpipes in honor of their Scottish heritage at 1:15 PM followed by a demonstration by Independence Elite Gymnastics* at 1:30 PM.
Keith Symanowitz Bluegrass/Gospel
Keith Symanowitz will join us on the Main Stage at 2:00 PM to perform an acoustic set. Keith’s music has bluegrass and even gospel roots.
“Boatin’ Down the White” Parade*
A long standing tradition made possible once again by FutureFuel Chemical Company, this event will take place at 3 PM on Chaney Drive along Riverside Park. The theme of the White River Water Carnival Parade is Boatin’ Down the White. Parade entries are encouraged to get creative and display their favorite way to navigate the White River (ex. speed boat, barge, raft, fishin’ boat, pontoon, steamboat, canoe, sailboat, cruise ship, etc.)! You don’t need a vehicle, actual boat, or even a trailer to participate; other ideas include bicycles, ATV’s, golf carts, or wagons!
Download a Parade Entry Form Here:
Lucky Dogs Pet Tricks Show*
The Humane Society of Independence County will take the main stage at 4:30 PM to showcase local animals in a “stupid pet tricks” show sponsored by Village Veterinary Care. For information about the show or to register your animal, please contact Becky Bachman at (870) 698-1097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Demonstration
The talented gymnasts from Stars & Stripes Gymnastics perform at 5:00 PM on the Main Stage.
Toothfairy & Friends*
You have heard about her from your mom, older brothers & sisters, and she may have even left you a prize under your pillow a time or two. That’s right, it’s the Toothfairy, and she is visiting Independence County on the main stage at 5:15 PM thanks to Dr. Rodney Griffin Dental.
Area Pageant Winners Showcase
Don’t miss the stunning view at 5:30 PM on the main stage as Southern Bank presents to you: Miss Batesville, Miss Outstanding Teen Batesville, Miss White River, and Miss Outstanding Teen White River. The pageant winners are the top females in their divisions of the White River Pageant Association, which is a part of the Miss America System.
For a classic rock show alongside the beautiful White River, come out to the main stage at 6:00 PM to hear the Roadshow Band sponsored by Bryant’s Pharmacy. The show will begin promptly at 6:00 and is the opener for IMPACT Independence County’s big announcement and Backroad Anthem LIVE!
IMPACT Independence County Announcement*
IMPACT will make a special announcement to our community around 7:00 PM on the main stage, just before Backroad Anthem closes out the night LIVE at Riverside Park! Citizens Bank is sponsoring the announcement in conjunction with an announcement of their own and a pretty great give-a-way, so don’t miss your chance to win!
Headline Concert – Backroad Anthem LIVE
A blend of country/rock, the Fayetteville, AR based band set out at the beginning of 2016 to continue shows as a five-man band after frontman and lead singer Craig Strickland died during a hunting trip in late December of 2015. Backroad Anthem began as a band of six talented singers, instrumentalists and writers who came together in 2012 out of a joint love for music – and a desire to make a sound that is fresh, rollicking and respectful of the past while steering full steam ahead into the future. The band has played all over the road behind acts like Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Chris Young, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Joe Nichols, Eli Young Band, and Dustin Lynch.
The show will begin at 7:30 PM at the amphitheater main stage in Riverside Park. The audience will view the concert free of charge thanks to sponsor First Community Bank!
Visit Backroad Anthem’s Website:
White River Water Carnival Fireworks Display
Please join us in thanking Bad Boy Mowers, Merchants & Planters Bank, Sherwood Urgent Care, and Sonic Drive-In for their sponsorships that have continued a legacy of ending the White River Water Carnival with a grand finale fireworks display. The fireworks show will begin immediately following Backroad Anthem LIVE.
BodyFit presents the White River Water Carnival Zumba Afterparty
Join the BodyFit crew for a high energy end to the 73rd Annual White River Water Carnival! This will take place immediately following the fireworks display.
Other Important Information:
Events denoted with an asterisk (*) are Freebie Frenzy events, sponsored by Citizens Bank. There will be items given away at random in conjunction with (before, during, or after) these acts!
Leadership Batesville is committed to ensuring the legacy of this event for future generations to come! Please help them by becoming a Friend of the White River Water Carnival. Friends of the White River Carnival are those that donate to their general fundraising campaign! Please click here to make an online donation. Donations in the form of cash or checks are accepted at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce located at 409 Vine Street Batesville, AR 72501. No contribution is too small or big to make a difference and preserve this community tradition!