Mitchell Persimmon Festival Sept. 21-28

(MITCHELL) – The City of Mitchell is putting the final touches in place for the upcoming Mitchell Persimmon Festival scheduled for September 21-28.

This year’s theme is “Mitchell Around the World”.

Dan Bortner

Dan Bortner is this year’s parade grand marshal. Bortner has served as director of Indiana State Parks since 2005 and oversees the operation of 32 state parks and reservoirs, including Spring Mill State Park. He also serves as the vice president of the National Association of State Park Directors.

Bortner also serves on the board of directors for America’s State Parks Foundation and the Indiana University Executive Development Program’s board of trustees. He and his wife April are the parents of three adult children; Ashley Barnes and her husband Clayton Barnes, Alex Bortner and Dylan Bortner. They have one grandchild, Claire Barnes.

Mitchell Persimmon Festival Guides are available at Mitchell Chamber of Commerce and in the Lawrence County Tourism lobby at 533 West Main Street in Mitchell.


The festival made the top three on the Scrumptious Food Festivals Across America list.

PERSIMMON FESTIVAL EVENTS 2019

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

  • 8 AM – COMMUNITY WIDE YARD SALES
  • 9 AM – PERSIMMON MARKET AT THE MITCHELL COMMUNITY BUILDING
  • 10 AM – BABY CONTEST
  • NOON – EMS DAY AT THE MITCHELL HIGH SCHOOL
  • 2:30 PM – MINI MISS, LITTLE MISS, AND JUNIOR MISS PERSIMMON PAGEANTS AT THE MHS AUDITORIUM $2 ADMISSION
  • 4 PM CANDLELIGHT TOUR AT SPRING MILL STATE PARK

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

  • 1 PM – CORN-HOLE TOURNAMENT AT MITCHELL CHURCH OF CHRIST FAMILY LIFE CENTER
  • 1 PM – PERSIMMON QUEEN PAGEANT AT MITCHELL HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
  • 3 PM – ROAD RALLY STARTS IN THE MHS STUDENT LOT
  • 7 PM – FREE COMMUNITY VESPER SERVICE AT THE MITCHELL OPERA HOUSE

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

  • 9 AM – ART AND QUILT EXHIBIT AT THE MITCHELL LIBRARY
  • 4:30 PM – LASAGNA DINNER AT THE SEVENTH STREET FOOD TENT
  • 5 PM – CARNIVAL RIDES BEGIN
  • 6 PM – PERSIMMON QUEEN CROWNING AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 6 PM – COMMERCIAL TENT OPENS
  • 6:45 MINI, LITTLE AND JUNIOR QUEEN CROWNING AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 7:30 PM – PERSIMMON IDOL

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

  • 9 AM – ART AND QUILT EXHIBIT AT THE MITCHELL LIBRARY
  • 4:30 PM – PORK DINNER ST THE SEVENTH STREET FOOD TENT
  • 5 PM – CARNIVAL RIDES BEGIN
  • 6 PM – COMMERCIAL TENT OPENS
  • 6 PM – DEREK WEIDNER, PAST PERSIMMON IDOL WINNER AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 8 PM – CODY IKERD AND THE SIDEWINDERS AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

  • 11 AM – ART AND QUILT EXHIBIT AT THE MITCHELL LIBRARY
  • 1 PM SENIOR CITIZEN DAY WITH DANCING IN THE STREET
  • 4:30 PM – ITALIAN DINNER AT THE SEVENTH STREET FOOD TENT
  • 5 PM – CARNIVAL RIDES RESUME
  • 6 PM – MITCHELL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL DANCERS AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 6:45 PM – MITCHELL HIGH SCHOOL DANCERS AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 7:15 MITCHELL HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 8 PM – THE INDIGOS AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

  • 9 AM – ART AND QUILT EXHIBIT AT THE MITCHELL LIBRARY
  • 4:30 PM – MEXICAN DINNER AT THE SEVENTH STREET FOOD TENT
  • 5 PM – CARNIVAL RIDES RESUME
  • 6 PM – COMMERCIAL TENT OPENS
  • 7:30 PM – MR. SPEED (THE KISS TRIBUTE BAND) AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

  • 9 AM – ART AND QUILT EXHIBIT AT THE MITCHELL LIBRARY
  • 4:30 PM – STEAK DINNER AT THE MAIN FOOD TENT
  • 5 PM – CARNIVAL RIDES RESUME
  • 5:30 PM – THE OCD BAND AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 6 PM – COMMERCIAL TENT OPENS
  • 7 PM – ENDLESS SUMMER ON THE BAND MAIN STREET STAGE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

  • 7 AM – 10:30 AM – PANCAKE BREAKFAST MASONIC LODGE 9TH AND BROOK STREETS.
  • 7:30 AM – PERSIMMON 5K ONE MILE FUN RUN, PERSIMMON 5K WALK
  • 8 AM – 11 AM – PERSIMMON PUDDING & NOVELTY DESSERT CONTEST AT MITCHELL FIRST CHURCH OF GOD
  • 9 AM – TRI-COUNTY ANTIQUE TRACTOR AND EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATION HOOSIER UPLANDS PARKING LOT AT MAIN AND 6TH STREETS
  • 9 AM – ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAR CRUISE-IN SPONSORED BY MUTUALBANK AT THE PARKING LOT OF THE MITCHELL OPERA HOUSE., AT THE CORNER OF 7TH AND BROOK STREETS.
  • 9 AM – ART AND QUILT EXHIBIT AT THE MITCHELL LIBRARY
  • 9 AM – NOON –  MOTORCYCLE SHOW AT THE MITCHELL OPERA HOUSE PARKING LOT
  • 11 AM – CHICKEN BARBECUE DINNER AT THE SEVENTH STREET FOOD TENT
  • NOON – CARNIVAL RIDES RESUME
  • 12:30 PM – BABY CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED MAIN TENT 6TH ST.
  • 1 PM – PRE-PARADE INTRODUCTIONS MAIN ST. STAGE
  • 1:45 PM – PUDDING CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 2 PM – GRAND PARADE RAIN OR SHINE
  • 4 PM – CINCINNATI CIRCUS PERFORMS AT THE MAIN STREET STAGE
  • 6PM – THE LINDA SMITH BAND MAIN ST. STAGE
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