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67th Annual Persimmon Festival Kicks Off Saturday
Updated September 17, 2013 6:55 AM | Filed under: Event
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(MITCHELL) - The Greater Mitchell Chamber of Commerce will kick off the 67th Annual Persimmon Festival Saturday.

The theme for this year's festival is "Mitchell Athletics - Past, Present & Future."

"I chose this theme because of my love of sports," says Lori Quebbeman, General Chairwoman of the festival. "I have been involved in Mitchell sports since I was little, and I still continue to be involved today as a coach. Mitchell sports have helped me become the person I am today, so I wanted to recognize the sports of the great school that I came from."

The grand marshal for the Persimmon Festival this year will be a group of Mitchell athletes and coaches -- past, present and future who will be riding on a float during the parade.

"I wanted the Mitchell athletes and coaches to get some recognition for their hard work representing the Mitchell schools and community," she added.

The festival will run from Saturday, Sept. 21th through Saturday, Sept. 28th. The parade will be held on the closing Saturday.

Activities on Main Street do not begin until Monday.

Saturday, Sept. 21.

8 am - Community Wide Yard Sale
Get your list of participants at the Chamber office during normal business hours.

Noon - EMS Day: High School lot on 12th Street. Area EMS agencies display equipment and vehicles until 4 p.m.

3 pm - Mini-Miss, Little Miss & Junior Miss Persimmon Pageants.
High School Auditorium. Preliminary judging and interviews. Open to the public. $2 ticket price

4 pm to 9 pm - Candlelight Tour. Spring Mill State Park. Sponsored by Tri-Kappa Sorority. Gate fees will be charged. Annual park passes are accepted.

Sunday, September 22nd

Noon - Horseshoe Tournament: City Park. Sponsored by Mitchell Horseshoe League.

1 pm - Persimmon Road Rally. High School Faculty Parking Lot.

7 pm - Community Vesper Service: High School auditorium. Sponsored by the Mitchell Ministerial Association. Youth service will be at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow. Maj. Daniel Gade will be speaking at 7 p.m.

Monday, September 23rd

4:30 pm - Lasagna Dinner. Seventh Street Food Tent. Sponsored by Mitchell Church of the Nazarene.

5 pm - Carnival and rides begin. Main Street.

6 pm - American Legion Bingo. Tent on 7th Street, near Mississippi Avenue.

6 pm - Mini, Little and Junior Miss contests. Main Street Stage.

8 pm - Persimmon Festival Queen Pageant. High School Auditorium. Preliminary judging; open to the public. $2 ticket price. Read more about our Queen candidates here.

Tuesday, September 24th

4:30 pm - Pork Dinner. Seventh Street Food Tent. Sponsored by Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department.

5 pm - Carnival resumes. Main Street. The unlimited, three-night armbands can be purchased beginning tonight, and used through Thursday night. The cost is $20 per armband.

6 pm - American Legion Bingo. Tent on 7th Street, near Mississippi Avenue.

6 pm - Mitchell Varsity Singers. Main Street Stage.

6:20 pm - Mitchell Junior High Dance Team. Main Street Stage.

6:40 pm - Mitchell Dance Team. Main Street Stage.

7 pm - WUME Lip Sync. Main Street Stage. Register for the program beginning at 5 p.m. Categories based on ages. Prizes awarded to winners. Sponsored by WUME in Paoli.

Wednesday, September 25th

11:30 am - Italian Lunch and Dinner. Main Food Tent Sponsored by St. Mary's Catholic Church.

6 pm - American Legion Bingo. Tent on 7th Street, near Mississippi Avenue.

7-9 pm - Hunter Smith Band. Main Street Stage. Hunter Smith retired from the NFL after serving as punter for the Indianapolis Colts during the team's Super Bowl win. He formed a country/rock band.

Thursday, September 26th

1 pm - American Red Cross Blood Drive. Main Street, Church of Christ until 6 p.m.

4:30 pm - Ham, Bean & Cornbread. Main Food Tent. Sponsored by the Basketball Booster Club.

5 pm - Carnival resumes. Main Street.

6:30 pm - Building Nations. Main Street Stage

8 pm - Wray Brothers. Main Street Stage

Friday, September 27th

4:30 pm - Steak dinner. Main Food Tent. Sponsored by the Lawrence County Cattleman's Association

5 pm - Carnival. Main Street.

7 pm - Endless Summer. Main Street Stage.

Saturday, September 28th

6-10 am - Pancake Breakfast. Masonic Lodge, 9th and Brook streets. Sponsored by the Masonic Lodge.

7:30 am - Persimmon 5K, One Mile Fun Run, Persimmon 5K Walk. Mitchell High School lobby for registration. For more info go here.

9 am - Tri-County Antique Tractor and Equipment Association. Behind Hoosier Uplands, between 5th and Sixth streets in downtown Mitchell.

9 am - Antique and Classic Car Show. Behind Hoosier Uplands.

9:30 am - Motorcycle Show. Mitchell Motors parking lot at Teke Burton Drive and Main Street at the Four Points.

11 am - Chicken Barbecue Dinner. Main Food Tent. Sponsored by the Mitchell Lions Club.

1 pm - Pre-Parade Introductions. Main Street Stage. Attend the posting of the colors and the patriotic ceremony which opens the annual parade. We also introduce the grand marshal, mayor and other dignitaries. JoAnna Kai Cobb will sing the National Anthem.

2 pm - Grand Parade. Rain or Shine.

4:15 pm - Persimmon Festival Awards. Main Street Stage. The awards will include those for the Persimmon Pudding and Novelty Dessert Contest.

4:30 pm - Persimmon Idol Finals at the Main Street Stage.

7 pm - The Summertime Band. Main Street Stage. The Summertime Band, led by Larry Summerton, is a popular band.

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