White River Water Carnival 2017

The White River Water Carnival is a free, family event that features entertainment, food vendors, craft and commercial vendors, a parade, and kids’ activities. The event is presented by Bad Boy Mowers. Kids’ activities require the purchase of an admission wristband and are sponsored in part by FNBC, McDonald’s, Littlefield Oil, Pepsi, and Westrock Orthodontics. The car show is sponsored by the Wood Family Dealerships. The parade is sponsored by Citizens Bank. Other carnival entertainment is sponsored by ARCare, City of Batesville, Cup’d Up Outdoors, Flowers Baking Company, Life Plus, Merchants & Planters Bank, Ozark Mountain Poultry, Precise Heating & Air, Sherwood Urgent Care, Sonic Drive-In, Southern Charm, and the UPS Store.

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.

KCBS Smokin’ on the White Arkansas State BBQ Championship

Smokin’ on the White is the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned Arkansas State BBQ Championship. Teams from around the country will cook chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket. Total prize money this year is $10,000 with the grand champion receiving $1,500. On Friday, September 15, the teams set up their areas and have the opportunity to compete in ancillary contests for best beans, sauce, dessert, and “One Bite Wonder”. The pits will be open for public viewing at 11:00 am. For more information regarding the Smokin’ on the White BBQ Championship please contact Donna Turner at 870-613-1564.

River City Cruisers’ Car Show

The car show which is presented by Scott Wood-Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Stanley WoodChevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, has become one of the biggest attractions at the White River Water Carnival. Awards will be given to the Top 100 and Best of Show for the various categories. All cars and car clubs are welcome to participate. Registration is from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Award ceremony will occur at 3:00 P.M. For more information regarding the car show please contact Dwane Thompson at 870-613-2506.

Kid Zone

The Kid Zone will feature the “Bounce House Extravaganza” which is the largest collection of inflatables ever placed in one location in Arkansas. The event this year is made possible this year by FNBC, Westrock Orthodontics, Littlefield Oil, McDonalds and Pepsi. Wristbands are required for entry into the Kid Zone. Wristbands may be bought at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce prior to the event or day of at the entrance of the Kid Zone for $10.00.

Food Truck Festival

Food Trucks from the region will converge on Riverside Park to offer patrons a food court of interesting dining options including BBQ, Seafood, Burgers, Gourmet Hot Dogs, Street Tacos and Much More!

Live Music

Thanks to the entertainment sponsors ARcare, Cup’d Up Outdoors, Lifeplus and Precise Heating and Air two great acts will grace the Water Carnival stage.

Born and raised in small-town New England, folksinger and performer Keith Symanowitz forged a deep connection with his family’s southern roots at an early age. Having encountered some of America’s oldest roots music in his travels across the south, Keith has cultivated a sound as unique as his influences, blending the melodies of an old-time string band with the soulful vocals of a Memphis bluesman.” Keith recently performed for a sold-out crowd in Batesville at the Melba Theater for the James Taylor & Carol King Tribute concert and will be returning to the White River Water Carnival stage with a full band this time.

The Lockhouse Orchestra was formed by Danny Dozier to perform a series of monthly concerts that lasted about two years, and each month the band would do a tribute to a different artist. Some of the artists covered included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creedence, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, artists from the Motown era and more.
Although the diversity of experience of the musicians is what makes this band special, the members of Lockhouse have two very important things in common: the love of music and the love and appreciation of the Ozarks. Each of the members had their own music career before returning home. These musicians’ experience pulls from country, rock, blues, gospel, folk, and heavy metal. The band members include John Parks, Jason Moser and Danny Dozier, all from Batesville. Parks plays guitar and sings, Moser plays drums, and Dozier plays guitar and sings. Sarah Jo Roark of Melbourne sings and plays percussion; Penny Wolfe of Evening Shade sings and plays percussion; and Jerry Bone of Oxford plays bass.


The parade which is presented by Citizens Bank will take place at 5:00 PM on September 16th, 2017. The parade will begin at the intersection of Myers and Chaney Drive and will end at the intersection of Chaney Drive and Pioneer Drive. The parade theme this year is “Tacky Tourist”.

Parade entries are due Friday, September 2nd and may be picked up at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (409 Vine Street, Batesville).

Parade Entry- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfazIHZYz__hB9MLEidlDTB7Rr9S4tFqIqiW_mSqWOA1QW2-Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Bad Boy Giveaway

Presenting carnival sponsor Bad Boy Mowers, will be giving away a free 2017 Bad Boy MZ lawnmower to one lucky Water Carnival patron this year. The drawing will take place on the main stage at 7:00 P.M. on Sept. 16th, 2017. Numbered tickets will be given out by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce in the weeks prior to the event and from various locations on the day of the carnival. Tickets are completely free. Winner must be at least 18 years of age to win, be present at the drawing and have in their possession the matching winning ticket stub.

Limit of 2,000 tickets will be given out at a first come first served basis.


Based out of Austin, Texas, Aquafly is one of the largest hydroflight show teams in the world with more than 20 dedicated professionals riding all types of hydroflight devices. Hydroflight features Personal Watercraft Carriers (PWC) that push pressurized water up a 60-foot hose that splits into multiple jet nozzles that create lift for the device and the rider. Over the past four years, Aquafly has entertained countless audiences around the globe. Today, Aquafly has more podium finishes and top-five placements than any other hydroflight team in the world. Team Aquafly will amaze Water Carnival attendees with three daytime performances and one LED night show. The performances will take place on the White River near the amphitheater at Riverside Park in Batesville.

Performances times are as follows:

12:00 P.M., 3:30 P.M., 6:30 P.M. and 8:30 P.M.


Non Profits, Food Vendors, Arts and Crafts, and any other businesses wishing to interact with a large crowd are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for application is August 17th, 2017.

Vendor Application


For more information please contact Kyle at 870-793-2378 or by email at tourism@mybatesville.org.