(MITCHELL) - Christina Lambton, Chairwoman of the 68th annual Persimmon Festival, says this year's festival will salute local businesses. The theme is "Shop Local, Buy Mitchell."
Lambton says small businesses are vital to Mitchell and instrumental in making the festival a success.
This year's festival will be Sept. 20-27 with the Main Street activities kicking off Sept. 22. Assisting Lambton with the festival this year are two co-chairmen, Teresa Reynolds and Henry Shetler. Gary Rayhill will again serve as the parade chairman.
The parade committee is still undecided as to how the theme will be represented in terms of the grand marshals of the parade, but believes they will probably ask a sampling of business people to serve in that capacity.
The committee says some annual favorites will return - Already, the schedule is set for the the Wray Bros., Building Nations and the Endless Summer Band, will again perform. New this year will be - Jake Dodds & Stagecoach Revolver, a modern country band out of Bloomington, will take the stage Wednesday night. On Saturday night, Rusty Bladen will perform for visitors.
Although the schedule is set, there are still some details to work out. The committee is loking for a person to organize the annual road rally on Sept. 21. Those willing to take on the event can call Lambton at 797-2656.
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