Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

May 21, 2013

Fest attracts artists and athletes

Debbie Blank
The Herald-Tribune

— Area residents have three chances to participate in the 40th Batesville Music and Arts Festival, slated for June 19-21.

The 15th annual Rural Alliance for the Arts Community Art Show “recognizes our area artists and brings our community together through the power of the arts,” notes coordinator Regina Siefert.

This judged show for artists at least 18 has three categories: fine arts, which includes painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture; applied arts, such as quiltmaking, fabric art, ceramics, jewelry and glass; and photography.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: first place, $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50. A Best of Show winner will earn $100 and up to two $25 honorable mentions may be awarded.

Each artist must be a resident of Ripley, Franklin or Decatur County; an RAA member; or past RAA art auction donor.

Entry forms are available at the Batesville Memorial Public Library.

Original works must be submitted Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Community Church of Batesville, 103 E. George St., where the art will be displayed in church windows from June 8-29. Siefert has details at 934-5213.

To kick off the fest, an art show reception for the artists and public will be held Wednesday, June 19, from 7-8 p.m. at the church. Afterwards, The Tides, an Indianapolis band with an island sound, will play in the parking lot across the street from 8-10 p.m. The performance is sponsored by the Batesville Memorial Public Library as part of its After Hours Concert Series.

The Batesville Music and Arts Festival 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Southeastern Indiana YMCA, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Liberty Park, before the Cincinnati Symphony Regional Pops Orchestra concert.

The run/walk will offer awards to the top three male and female walkers and the overall male and female runners, with three place awards presented in each of 12 age categories.

Participants are asked to donate canned items for the Batesville food pantry in exchange for door prize chances.  

Entry fees are $15 per person with a T-shirt or $10 without a shirt if registered by June 5. Fees after that are $20 and $15, respectively, but shirts can’t be guaranteed. Event-day registration starts at 4:30 p.m.

Refreshments and a ceremony take place after the race. Entry forms are available at the Y or online at Persons with questions or who would like to volunteer to help with the race may contact wellness director Angela Hurley at 934-6006 or

The Texaco Country Showdown will give area musicians an opportunity to gain wider followings. The contest presented by Batesville radio station WRBI and Jim True Ford, Brookville, wraps up the fest at 8 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the park pavilion.

WRBI general manager Ronald Green observes, “Everyone’s looking to get started somewhere. This is a great way to find new artists.” He reports, “Some of the younger ones travel here” because other contests take place in bars where competitors must be at least 21.

The local competition is open to bands of up to seven members and singles. Each must submit a CD with two songs so judges can select the 10 top acts to perform. CDs plus $20 fees and entry forms, which can be picked up at the station or downloaded from the Web site, are due June 7.

“From here (the winner) ... goes to the state,” according to Green. “Usually whoever wins here does very well” at that competition. The state title brings a $1,000 prize.

After five regional fall contests of this 32nd round of America’s largest country music talent search, about $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the national final, including the $100,000 grand prize.