Sixth Unity Fest set at Riverside Park Batesville May 28

BATESVILLE – One person will drive away from the Sixth Annual Unity Fest in a new 2011 Ford Ranger “Sport” truck, autographed by Mark Martin. Other major prizes will include a 48” cut, 26 HP Bad Boy Mower MZ series and a 48-inch Sony HD television.

Unity Fest will be held Saturday, May 28, at Riverside Park in beautiful Batesville Arkansas.  The one-day event will be packed with Christian entertainment for the entire family, according to a spokesperson for John 3:16 Ministries, which co-sponsors the event.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and area elected officials are planning to attend. Unity Fest is the major annual fund-raising event for John 3:16 Ministries. Headline entertainment will include Gerald Crabb along with other local talent that will keep the entire family entertained.

Activities will get underway at 3 p.m. with non-stop entertainment and a catfish dinner starting at 5 p.m. The “kid’s corner” will include several jump-and-bounce attractions.  An old-fashioned pie auction will be staged, featuring special desserts created and donated by area businesses. Plus this year the auction will feature a 1960 Ford Thunderbird and a 1953 Farmall Tractor.

Advance tickets for the catfish plates are $10 for adults, with all proceeds going to John 3:16 Ministries.  A ticket purchase by anyone over 21 makes that person eligible to win one of the grand prizes. The winner does not have to be present at the time of the drawing.

Persons planning to attend the event are reminded to bring lawn chairs and stay for several hours of wholesome entertainment, a spokesperson for the event said.

John 3:16 Ministries is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping men with additions. It receives no funding from state or federal agencies.  Their support comes from area churches, businesses and individuals.  The long-term program is free to any man needing help.

Tickets are available in Batesville at Citizens Bank Main Location, First Community Bank Main Location and Dairy Queen. For more information about Unity Fest and other places to purchase tickets, call 870-799-2525 or visit