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Chamber Reallocates Water Carnival Support to Engage Tourists

| | October 12, 2020

Due to health and safety concerns, the long-running festival scheduled for September 2020 will not take place this year, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced.


“With an abundance of caution around public health concerns for spread of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel the event that has been a staple of the community for many years,” said Crystal Johnson, President/CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.  “Moving forward, we are exploring a partnership with the City of Batesville and plan to lend support and add additional attractions to White River Wonderland. Festivals are an important piece to community and economic development by creating a source of community pride as well as boosting tourism. We feel confident in offering a safe event alternative this December following state and local guidelines to ensure the safety of our community,” she added.


White River Wonderland lighting ceremony is scheduled November 25, 2020 and lights will be on through January 4th. The Kiwanis Christmas Parade is scheduled December 5, 2020. Water Carnival floats and participants are encouraged to participate in the Christmas Parade. You can stay up-to-date with the latest event information by viewing the Events Calendar at  


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