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Dan Bortner Named Grand Marshal Of 73rd Persimmon Festival Parade
Updated April 15, 2019 6:48 AM
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(MITCHELL) - Dan Bortner has been named grand marshal of the 73rd annual Persimmon Festival Parade.

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This year's theme is "Mitchell Around the World."

The festival sponsored by The Greater Mitchell Chamber of Commerce is set for September 21-28. The parade will step off on September 28.

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Dan Bortner

Bortner has served as director of Indiana State Parks since 2005 and oversees the operation of 32 state parks and reservoirs, including Spring Mill State Park. He also serves at the vice president of the National Association of State Park Directors.

Bortner also serves on the board of directors for the America's State Parks Foundation and the Indiana University Executive Development Program's board of trustees. He and his wife April are the parents of three adult children, Ashley Barnes and her husband Clayton Barnes, Alex Bortner and Dylan Bortner. They have one grandchild, Claire Barnes.

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