There’s no better way to celebrate America than with a small town celebration. Festivities start with Main Street Batesville’s First Fridays.

“The River Band” will be performing in the Pocket Park starting at 7:30 p.m. plus several merchants along Main Street will be open late.There will also be carriage rides from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday night. Rides are $5 and start at the Pocket Park. Reservations for groups (more than two) can be made by contacting the Main Street Batesville office.

Saturday will be a big day for Main Street, it’s the Grand Reopening Celebration, as it’s a way for Main Street merchants to thank the community for support during the last year of uncertainties. Presented by Centennial Bank, activities will include specials and promotions at various businesses, live entertainment, and the Batesville Bicentennial Celebration Car Show. The car show is presented by First Community Bank and coordinated by the River City Cruisers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in front of Schwegman’s Office Supply. Registration is $10. There will also be an inflatable water slip and slide.

Sweeney’s Mens Grooming will be hosting a disc golf challenge in the courthouse lawn at 4 p.m.

There will be a concert in the Citizens Bank Pocket Park from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Performers will include Jordan Brock of Batesville and John Butler of Jonesboro. Everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. Free parking will be available in the Grey’s Hospital Parking lot, behind the Independence County Library and across from Sleep Star Lite.

Saturday morning the Farmer’s Market will be at the Pocket Park on Main Street this Saturday. Toss a cooler and bag of ice in your car and mosey on over to see what you can find. Yellow squash, for instance. Once the bane of many a childhood plate, is now something we enjoy as adults. Breading and frying is the traditional preparation, but we enjoy sautéing it, sweeping in a cutting-board of diced up tomatoes, to simmer it all into a ratatouille-type stew to ladle over pasta.

A fundraiser to help build a skatepark within the downtown area will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 31. There will be temporary ramps, food, and vendors.

Clara Jane & Jax has lots of new goodies in stock including amazing smelling donut and ice cream cone bath bombs. There’s dolls and swimwear, purses, books and of course all the most adorable clothes for your little one from birth to 5T for boys and up to size 12 in girls. They are located at 120 East Main Street.

The Paper Chase Book Store is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. They have a wonderful selection of new children’s books and thrift classics. Their upstairs is now open to browsing also. Come explore and find a new treasure to read. The first Thursday in September they will resume their popular ladies reading group. Inquire at the store for more details. They are located at 136 West Main Street.

Stella’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Bistro has daily specials every week including discounts for kids and college students! They are located at 250 East Main Street.

Big’s is taking applications for cooks and kitchen help. Must be flexible and dependable. Stop in during business hours, no phone calls or social media messages please. They are located at 101 East Main Street.

The Pinto is hiring. Please stop by and pick up an application in person. They are located at 100 East Main Street.


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