73rd Persimmon Festival Off To A Great Start

(MITCHELL) – The 73rd Annual Persimmon Festival is off to a great start. The week-long festival kicked off Saturday with the candlelight tour at Spring Mill State Park in addition to townwide yard sales.

On Monday evening, officials crowned the Persimmon Festival Queen, Mini, Miss, and Junior Miss.

Another big event was the 2019 Litefm Persimmon Idol Contest which brought performers from Bedford, French Lick, Guthrie, Paoli, and Salem. The contest spotlighted local talent and the crowd was not disappointed.

Those attending the festival will not go home hungry. There is plenty of food to boost your calorie intake, and you must indulge with a slice of persimmon pudding.

Betsy Robertson is ready to eat

Brady Amusements brought several rides for the children and youthful adults. Rides start around 5 p.m. and are running nightly until 10 p.m.

Individual ride tickets cost $2.50 per ticket or 10 tickets for $23, or 20 tickets for $45. All rides take one ticket.

Brinlee Walls takes a ride at the 2019 Persimmon Festival

Tonight you can purchase an armband that is good for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The armbands are cash sales only. Lost or broken armbands will not be replaced.

Schedule of Events:

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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