One Tank Travels: Water Fun at the 69th Annual White River Water Carnival!

We invite you to have “More Fun Per Gallon” in Arkansas this year. Each day we will be blogging on different Arkansas destinations which can be reached on one tank of gas or less. This is basically every corner of The Natural State. We hope these suggestions help you in planning a trip to remember.

Today’s Trip: Batesville for the 69th annual White River Water Carnival 

Batesville is the place to be this weekend!! It’s the 69th annual White River Water Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 8. The event features special events for kids, arts and crafts, live music and fun festival food along the banks of the White River. All events, with the exception of the parade, are held at Riverside Park.

Events get started at 3 p.m. on Saturday, when food and craft vendors officially open along Riverside Park. It’s also the start of the White River Water Carnival Parade, this year’s theme being “Happy 200th Birthday, Batesville!” Make sure and bring your water “gun” if you’re going to be near the “wet zone,” an area where parade watchers can “soak” the floats. But beware, those riding the parade floats can have their own water “guns” and “cannons!”

It’s back to Riverside Park at 5 p.m. for the Pick’n Chick’n Wing Fest cook-off. Cooks and pitmasters from around the area will show off their wing cooking skills. Coinciding with the cook-off is the Celebrity Lawn Mower Race, followed by the Arkansas Lawn Mower Racing Association Race at 5:30. Also at 5:30 p.m., you’ll definitely want to check out the Rubber Ducky Regatta.

The White River’s Got Talent youth finale begins at 7 p.m. During the intermission, it’s the finals of” The Bone Collector,” a hot wing-eating contest. The White River’s Got Talent adult finals begin at 8:15. At 9, it’s live entertainment by up-and-coming country artist Ryan Couron. The evening’s finale is a fireworks display along the White River.

For more info, visit or phone 870-793-2378.

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