77th Annual White River Water Carnival canceled for 2020


Due to health and safety concerns, the 77th Annual White River Water Carnival scheduled for September 2020 will not take place this year, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced Wednesday morning.

“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.”

The White River Wonderland lighting ceremony is scheduled Nov. 25, 2020, and lights will be on through Jan. 4. The Kiwanis Christmas Parade is still scheduled for Dec. 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 experienceindependence.com/events.

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