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Pork Dinner, Mitchell School Talent, Lip Sync, Rock Show Attractions Tonight At Mitchell Persimmon Festival
Updated September 20, 2016 7:23 AM | Filed under: Event
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(MITCHELL) - The 70th Annual Persimmon Festival with this year's theme - Healing Hands...Helping Heart - is celebrating those in the medical profession.

Festival Chairman Henry Shetler is inviting the public to celebrate with Mitchell by honoring the medical community.

"I chose this theme to honor the men and women in the medical community," Shetler wrote. "It's important to me to honor dedicated professionals who've spent their lives making the people of Mitchell healthy."

This week, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the festival, organizers have increased the entertainment options downtown, bringing in musical artists who are sure to be crowd pleasers.

The Traveling Vietnam Wall will visit Mitchell for the first time. It will be stationed at City Hall on South Sixth Street. It will arrive in Mitchell Wednesday and be erected on Thursday. The public is invited to visit the wall and pay tribute to those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service.

Tuesday, September 20th

  • 4:30 pm Pork Dinner. Seventh Street Food Tent - Sponsored by Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department.
  • 5 p.m. Carnival resumes. - Main Street. The unlimited, three-night armbands can be purchased beginning tonight, and used through Thursday night. The cost is $25 per armband.
  • 6 p.m. Commercial Tent Open - Tent on 6th Street
  • 6 p.m. Mitchell Varsity Singers - Main Street Stage.
  • 6:20 pm Mitchell Junior High Dance Team - Main Street Stage.
  • 6:40 p.m. Mitchell Dance Team - Main Street Stage.
  • 7 p.m. 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.
  • 8:30 p.m. The Rock Show to follow Lip Sync contest - Main Street Stage.

Wednesday, September 21st

  • 11:30 a.m. Italian Lunch and Dinner - Main Food Tent Sponsored by St. Mary's Catholic Church.
  • 6 p.m. Commercial Tent Open - Tent on 6th Street
  • 6 p.m. Sheila Stephan & the Rodeo Monkeys - Main Street Stage
  • 8 p.m. Clayton Anderson - Main Street Stage.

Thursday, September 22nd

  • 1 p.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive - Main Street, Church of Christ until 6 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. Ham, Bean & Cornbread - Main Food Tent, Sponsored by the Basketball Booster Club.
  • 5 p.m. Carnival resumes - Main Street.
  • 6 p.m. Commercial Tent Open - Tent on 6th Street
  • 6 p.m. Wray Brothers - Main Street Stage
  • 8 p.m. American Pride - Main Street Stage

Friday, September 23rd

  • 4:30 p.m. Steak dinner - Main Food Tent, sponsored by the Lawrence County Cattleman's Association
  • 5 p.m. Carnival -Main Street.
  • 6 p.m. Commercial Tent Open - Tent on 6th Street
  • 5:30 p.m. Elvis Impersonator Carl Poe - Main Stage
  • 7 p.m. Endless Summer - Main Street Stage

Saturday, September 24th

  • 6-10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast - Masonic Lodge, 9th and Brook streets, sponsored by the Masonic Lodge.
  • 7:30 a.m. Persimmon 5K, One Mile Fun Run, Persimmon 5K Walk - Mitchell High School lobby for registration.
  • 9 a.m. Tri-County Antique Tractor and Equipment Association - Opera House parking lot at 7th and Brook streets
  • 9 a.m. Antique and Classic Car Show - Opera House parking lot at 7th and Brook streets
  • 9:30 a.m. Motorcycle Show - Leather and Chrome parking lot next to Ace Hardware.
  • 10 a.m. Baby Contest - $5 per contestant, Burris Elementary Gym
  • 11 a.m. Chicken Barbecue Dinner -Main Food Tent, sponsored by the Mitchell Lions Club.
  • 12:30 p.m. Baby Contest Winners Announced - Main Tent on 6th Street
  • 1 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 p.m. Persimmon Idol Finals - Main Street Stage.
  • 5:30 p.m. WestWend Band (Bluegrass) - Main Street Stage
  • 7:30 p.m. Blind Rebel -Main Street Stage.

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