Miss SpringFest Pageant
The Miss SpringFest Pageant is held in the spring each year. Panola County girls ages 6 months to 18 years are eligible to participate. The entry fee is $50.00 and includes a SpringFest shirt. Pageant winners are presented on stage SpringFest weekend.
SpringFest is Batesville’s annual music festival that is held the weekend after Mother’s Day in May of each year. The festival is on Friday from to 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. There is no admission charge. The festival is funded by the City of Batesville and corporate sponsorships. The two day festival includes a carnival, music, arts and crafts, and food. The City of Batesville Police Department patrols the area during the festival. The music is paid national, regional, and local acts. Food Vendors are invited to sell concessions to the general public for a flat fee. Corporate sponsors are invited to set up booths to promote their business. PBJ Happee Day Shows brings the carnival each year and operates it entirely. Junior Auxiliary of Batesville members provide complimentary activities at the Kids Area at Memorial Park. A favorite race of many area runners, the Panola County Humane Society hosts the Racing for Paws 5K on Saturday morning.
Square Market is a community market offering local produce, fresh baked goods and various canned items. The market is open on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m from the first Wednesday in June through the last Wednesday in September. A section of the market is dedicated to arts and crafts. Interested in volunteering or participating in the Farmer’s Market? Contact the Batesville Main Office at 563.3126 or come by the registration pavilion on Wednesday afternoons.
Scare on the Square
Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October, Scare on the Square includes a costume contest and Trick or Trunk. This event provides a safe way to celebrate the season. Area businesses, churches, and civic organizations are invited and encouraged to decorate their trunks and provide healthy and fun treats for children. Attendees can flaunt their haunt at Batesville Memorial Park where the Batesville Main Street Program sponsors a costume contest for all age groups. The costume contest is divided by age group. The winners of the costume contest will be awarded prizes.
Holiday Open House
The Holiday Open House is held the Sunday before Thanksgiving each year from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Open House features live entertainment, pictures with Santa, children’s’ activities at Santa’s workshop and shopping opportunities. There is no charge for the public. Aside from downtown merchants, there is a Christmas Bazaar. Local/regional artists set up downtown to sell/display their wares. They are charged a minimal booth space rental fee.