(MITCHELL) – The 73rd Annual Persimmon Festival is coming to an end, but tonight was a wonderful evening filled with kids playing, dancing, music and good food.
Though there is no official word yet on how many attended this week’s festival, the perfect weather and fun activities drew a large number of festival-goers to downtown Mitchell.
“I have lived here my whole life, and the Persimmon Festival is just a special occasion for us. It is a reunion of sorts for the town. Seeing old classmates we have not seen in years. It is a great festival with music, food and a variety of things to enjoy.” said Steve Covert, of Mitchell.
“The music is good,” said Randy Powell.
“I love music,” stated Leland Scloghan age 13, of Mitchell. Scholghan has been attending the festival for the last three years.
There is always a variety of things to do for people of all ages, which makes the Persimmon Festival special. For the last 24 years, the Persimmon Festival has invited the “Endless Summer Band” and the crowd showed their appreciation to the talented group of musicians and singers.
The OCD Band opened for the Endless Summer Band.
The Endless Summer Band played the old hits along with some new ones. Some of the old hits included “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Foot Loose.”
Couples danced in front of the stage while the young and old alike clapped along and tapped their toes to the beat of the drums and guitars.
Faith Marie sang to couples who were married for more than 50 years. She sang Shania Twain’s song “Your Still The One” to Larry and Jeanie Graftman and Bill and Deloris Hadley. Bill and Deloris Hadley have been married 61 years.
Band members include Faith Marie, Nick Lemmo, Bryan England, Brian Goodwin, David Clawson, and Jay Young.
The Endless Summer Band will have to come back for a 25 anniversary tour.