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Applications Available For Mitchell Persimmon Festival Mini, Little, Junior Miss Contest
Updated July 31, 2017 8:35 AM
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(MITCHELL) - Young ladies wanting to enter the Mitchell Persimmon Festival Mini, Little and Junior Miss Persimmon contests can pick up applications at the Lawrence County Visitor Center/Greater Mitchell Camber of Commerce beginning on Tuesday.

The office is located at Sixth and Main street in Mitchell.

2017 will mark the 71st annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival sponsored by The Greater Mitchell Chamber of Commerce. The festival is set for September 23-30.

Girls wanting to participate must be enrolled in a Lawrence County school. Contestants will be required to wear semi-formal dresses, casual wear outfits (school clothes) and have blue shorts for the program. All clothing must be age appropriate.

Mini Miss is open to girls in grades kindergarten - second grade; Little Miss is for girls in third - fifth grades and Junior Miss is open for those in sixth - eighth grade.

Forms must be completed and turned in between 9 to 11 a.m. on August 12 along with a $30 entry fee.

Space is limited to the first 20 girls in each contest and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Practices will be held on Sept. 9, 12 and 16, with a pizza party/rehearsal on Sept. 21. Judging will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23. A rehearsal for the Main Street stage is set for 2 p.m. on Sept. 24, with the crowning event beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Winners of each category, and those named Miss Congeniality will ride in the Persimmon Festival parade on Sept. 30.

For more information call Heidi Davis at (812) 569-1343.

Other news includes that the winning prize for the Persimmon Pudding Contest has been raised to $500.

Two attractions have been added to this years festival.

The Vallures will bring soul music and Motown favorites to the main stage. The Vallures are the sounds of summer 1966 at a GO-GO, they are dancin', shakin', groovin', movin' it.. Old hits, rarities, and originals with a nod to sixties girl groups make you wanna Boogaloo, Shingling, Jerk, Watutsi, Mashed Potato.

Also performing this year is Beatlerama, a Beatles tribute that blends the energy and youth of an actual Beatles show with note for note performances of the group's most classic numbers. Not only do the boys sound like the real thing, they also portray the look of The Beatles most iconic eras with multiple costume and guitar changes. The show features musicians who have performed as The Beatles on International Broadway Tours and with top tribute acts such as The Fab Four, Let it Be, Classical Mystery Tour, 1964, Liverpool Legends, American English, The Fortunate Sons, Rocks off! and more.

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