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Cave City Watermelon Festival receives grant from Batesville A&P Commission

Pictured above, from left to right: Eddie Walling, Cave City Watermelon Festival committee member; Cathy Drew, A&P Commission; Tommy Bryant, Batesville City Council & A&P Commission; Rick Elumbaugh, Mayor of Batesville; Kyle Christopher, Batesville Tourism Director; Julie Johnson, festival committee member; Tyler Parsley, festival committee member; Hana Smith, festival committee member and Cave City Council; Jonas Anderson, Mayor of Cave City; Crystal Crow, festival committee member.

On Friday, Aug. 16, the City of Batesville Advertising and Promotions Commission awarded the Cave City Watermelon Festival Committee an event grant for their recent efforts with the 40th Cave City Watermelon Festival.

Committee members for the fest applied for the grant, which awards event organizers $20 per hotel stay within the city limits of Batesville that the event attracts, in early January.

This year’s festival brought in a total of 125 hotel stays resulting in a grant of $2,500, according to officials.

“We are so happy to offer support to the Cave City Watermelon Festival,” said Kyle Christopher, tourism director for the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. “This committee has done a fantastic job in recent years building up the festival and attracting visitors from across Arkansas and beyond. While the event may take place in Cave City, it has a great impact on this entire region.”

For more information about the Event Grant Program, please contact Christopher at (870) 793-2378 or email:

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