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Enter festival photo contest on Sunday

Courtesy of Times-Mail

MITCHELL — The Persimmon Festival photo contest registration will take place on Sunday, from 2-4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center, which is on Frank Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

Contest chairwoman Deb Cory welcomes all amateur photographers in Lawrence and surrounding counties to enter.

Entrants can enter one photo in each of the following categories: Festival theme (Shop Local … Buy Mitchell), People, Black and White, Animals, Scenic/Landscape, Flowers, Holiday and Misc.

The results of the popular vote contest are announced and awarded on Sept. 27. There will be three winners in each category with a Judge’s Choice Award and Best in Show ribbon given as well.

The smallest photo allowed is 8-inch by 10-inches and the largest is 11-inches by 14-inches (without mats). Photos must have a surrounding mat that will protect the photo in its display. Foam display boards are used, so no frames can be included with the photographs.

When registering, entrants must make sure pertinent information, including their name, phone number and email, be included on the back of each photo. Entrants will be assigned a number that the public will use to vote for each photo. Entrants also will fill out a registration form to accompany their photos.

Photos will be displayed at the FBC Christian Life Center throughout the week. The public is encouraged to view the photos and vote for a favorite.

For questions or more information, contact Deb Cory, 849-9701 or

Candlelight tour popular event

Courtesy of Times-Mail Candlelight tour popular event

Times-Mail file photo / PETE SCHREINERMITCHELL — Annette Taylor, Brynna Nicol, Mia Nicol and Heather Couch work on a weaving project during one of the recent Tri Kappa Candlelight Tours at Spring Mill State Park. Each September, the tour kicks off the start of the Persimmon Festival by bringing the Pioneer Village to life.


MITCHELL — The Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park will come alive during Saturday’s Tri Kappa Candlelight Tour, which serves to annually kick off Mitchell’s Persimmon Festival.

From 4-9 p.m., members of the Mitchell Tri Kappa sorority, a range of other volunteers and the staff of Spring Mill will bring the village to life for the 48th annual tour.

The first candlelight tour was held in October 1967. J. Robert Ritchie, who was park superintendent at the time, came up with the idea to hold the tour, and did all the work of obtaining permission from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, to allow the tours to be held.

Ritchie’s wife, Paula, was in Tri Kappa, and she suggested the sorority handle the annual tour. She and her husband hoped it would bring the Pioneer Village to life for visitors each year. The dream came true, and Tri Kappa has continued the tour since that time.

In 1970, the tour became part of the Persimmon Festival. For the past several years, Coletta Prewitt, Spring Mill’s volunteer coordinator, has provided assistance to Tri Kappa members for this event.

The tour is free of charge, however, the gate fee to enter the park is $5 per in-state licensed vehicles and $7 per out-of-state licensed vehicles. The Indiana State Park annual pass will be accepted.

The only income received by Tri Kappa will be the monies raised at the concession stand and boutique in the Carriage House, and the beans and cornbread sold near the Summer Kitchen.

Parking does become a problem as thousands flock to the park for this popular event. Park staff will be on-hand to direct traffic, and visitors are asked to comply with their directions.

Annual novelty, pudding contest Sept. 27

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MITCHELL — The Persimmon Pudding and Novelty Dessert Contest, slated for Sept. 27, will take place at the Mitchell First Church of God’s Fellowship Hall, 405 12th St.

Registration is free and takes place from 8-11 a.m. No entries will be accepted after 11 a.m.

Entries for the pudding contest must be a 4-inch by 4-inch piece and must be placed on an 8- or 9-inch white paper plate, covered with wax paper or plastic wrap. No topping of any kind is allowed, and no recipe is needed at the time of judging.

Novelty dessert entries must be a nice-sized portion placed in a disposable container with a lid or some other kind of covering. Persimmon pulp must be the largest, or one of the largest, ingredients in the concoction. Novelty dessert entries can include anything, except cookies. The recipe for the novelty desserts must be submitted during registration and must include the name of the dessert and the name of the person entering the dessert on the right-hand corner of the back side of the recipe card. Recipes written on sheets of paper will not be accepted.

If rules are not followed, entries will be disqualified before judging as the rules are strictly enforced.

The winner of the pudding contest receives $200. The novelty contest winner receives $100. Awards and cash prizes are given for first-, second-, third- and fourth-place and six honorable mentions in both contests.

Names of the winners will be posted on the window of Holmes Hardware in downtown Mitchell about 1 p.m. Sept. 27, just before the start of the parade.

Winners will be announced on the Main Street stage, after the parade at 4:15 p.m. At that time, the winning pudding recipe will be needed so it should be brought to the Main Street stage with contestants.

For more information on the contest, call Alverta Hart at 849-3441.

The pudding contest originated with the first Persimmon Festival and has continued every year since 1947. It has been a staple part of the festival, honoring the cooks who take the top prize.

Candlelight tour Saturday

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MITCHELL — Time moves backward and slows down as for the annual Tri Kappa Candlelight Tour Saturday at Spring Mill State Park.

In traditional dress, Tri Kappa members and their families, along with Spring Mill employees and their friends, will be reenacting the pioneer life of their ancestors by inhabiting the houses and buildings of the restored village to make it come alive, as it would have been in the mid 1800’s.

Pioneer crafts, demonstrations, and entertainment by many musical groups will be a part of the tour. Visitors are asked to please bring a flashlight. Tri Kappa members will sell concession and food items in the Carriage House.

The tour is from 4-9 p.m. Park admission is $5 for in-state vehicles and $7 for out-of-state vehicles. The village tour is free.

According to Spring Mill State Park Manager Mark Young, buses will shuttle visitors from the Lakeview Activity Center (nature center) and visitors with overnight accommodations from the campground and inn parking lots to the village.

Tri Kappa is a statewide sorority, which supports many community and state charity, educational and cultural projects. The Mitchell chapter has sponsored the Spring Mill Candlelight Tour since 1967. It has become a popular kick-off event for the week long Persimmon Festival in Mitchell.

Persimmon art show changes

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MITCHELL — Artists planning to enter the 2014 Persimmon Festival Art Show have a few changes to be mindful of when entering.

First, the location of the show has been changed. Due to the construction project ongoing at the Mitchell Community Public Library, the show has been moved to the Christian Life Center at the First Baptist Church.

Show organizers will be on hand from 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 21 to receive the art work. This is also a change from past shows.

The show will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily, Sept. 22-26. There will be no Sept. 27 hours.

Artists may pick up their works from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27.

These are the only hours of release, and arrangements for the items to be picked up should be made for this time.

Rules and regulations:

• Artists must be a current or former resident of Indiana and out of high school.

• There are judged and non-judged divisions. There is a $5 entry fee for each artwork in the judged division. Artists are limited to three entries, space permitting. Artists may be limited to one entry if the entry is large. There is no entry fee for the non-judged division.

• Paintings and drawings need to be securely framed with a strong wire for hanging; no saw-tooth hangers are allowed. Art needs to be original, two dimensional work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pencil, etc.

• No artwork shown in previous years at the Persimmon Festival will be accepted. All artwork entered or displayed must be suitable for viewing by all ages. No artwork containing nudity or any indecent, obscene or offensive material, as determined by the Persimmon Festival Committee in its sole discretion, may be entered or displayed.


• Ribbons and prize money will be awarded in five categories — landscape and waterscape, still life and floral, portrait and people, animal and birds and abstract/non-objective/fantasy.

• There will also be a Best of Show. All entries (judged or non-judged) will be eligible for the People’s Choice award.

For more information, contact show organizers, Dottie Sherwood, 849-3508; Phyllis Westfall, 279-4734; Brenda Stevens, 849-5219; David Fields, 278-4723; or Robert Allen, 279-9424.