More Than 100 Units In Persimmon Festival Parade

(MITCHELL) – The 73rd Annual Persimmon Festival had more than 100 units participate in the parade Saturday in Mitchell.

Units included regular parade entries, high school bands from various high schools in Southern Indiana, tractors and horses all part of the hour-long parade.

Loogootee High School Band attend this year’s Persimmon Festival Parade

“We try to offer a variety of things, to be enjoyed by parade attendees who have different interests,” stated Vicky Schlegel. “ We try to bring in new acts. And this year, a few did not show up. But this year’s festival was a success.”

Mitchell High School Marchin Band Drummers

“We enjoyed the positive comments and will work to always do better next year,” Schlegel added.

Mitchell Youth Football Float

During this year’s parade, an accident occurred between a police motorcycle and Shriner car which stopped the parade about twenty minutes into the parade. The delay lasted more than forty minutes, before resuming.

At least one person was transported to a local hospital and parade officials were not able to provide any details of the accident.

This year’s parade Grand Marshal was Dan Bortner, who works for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in Indianapolis and helped with improvements of the Spring Mill State Park.

Mitchell Dance Team

The winners of this year’s Parade include:

  • 1st Place – IU Health
  • 2nd Place – Boots and Bows
  • 3rd Place – MHS Dance Team