Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tuesday, September 23rd Events

Tuesday, September 23rd

4:30 pm Pork Dinner. Seventh Street Food Tent.

Sponsored by Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department.

5:00 pm Carnival resumes.

Main Street. The unlimited, three-night armbands can be purchased beginning tonight, and used through Thursday night. The cost is $20 per armband.

6:00 pm AMERICAN LEGION BINGO

Tent on 7th Street, near Mississippi Avenue

6:00 p.m. Mitchell Varsity Singers.

Main Street Stage.

6:20 pm Mitchell Junior High Dance Team.

Main Street Stage.

6:40 p.m. Mitchell Dance Team.

Main Street Stage.

7:00 p.m. WUME Lip Sync.

Main Street Stage. Register for the program beginning at 5 p.m. Categories based on ages. Prizes awarded to winners. Sponsored by WUME in Paoli.

Important Announcement!!!

Important Announcement!!!

Change of schedule for tonight, all other events will be as scheduled. While The Festival Queen hasn’t changed, I figured people would ask.

6:00 pm Mini, Little and Junior Miss contests.

Main Street Stage.

8:00 pm Persimmon Festival Queen Pageant.

Crowning on the Main Stage

Preliminary judging will be Saturday 9/20 at 5:00 at the High School Auditorium, open to the public. $2 ticket price. Crowning will take place on the main stage.

Taking Charge!

Courtesy of Times Mail

Taking Charge

MITCHELL — The annual implementation of the Persimmon Festival tends to leave even the most seasoned volunteers awestruck. Just ask Christina Lambton.

Lambton, general chairwoman of the 68th annual Persimmon Festival, is no stranger to service.

She admits she has a hard time saying no when it comes to helping others, and with a volunteer repertoire a mile long, that much is obvious.

As if making sure the week-long Persimmon Festival, which continues through Saturday, goes off without a hitch wasn’t enough, Lambton is also in her second year of serving as president of the United Way of South Central Indiana, a job in itself.

“I believe in the service our partner agencies provide because they’re some of the most important things in our community, and I believe in the United Way programs, such as Kindergarten Countdown, my very favorite program we provide,” said Lambton, who is in the midst of her second term on the UW board. “I’d guess you could say it’s pretty obvious I don’t know how to say no.”

So when former festival chairman Steve Dobson asked Lambton to join him in the three-year planning process that brings the Persimmon Festival to fruition each year, she jumped at the chance.

“I didn’t have to think about it much, but I didn’t understand the complexity of what this job entails,” Lambton said. “I knew it was hard work, but I didn’t understand at the time what that meant.”

It means taking a week off work from her job as assistant to the mayor of Mitchell. It means timing waitressing shifts at the Phi Beta Psi food tent around festival power outages. It means carrying a radio on one hip and balancing her daughter’s requests on the other. It means fielding complaints, compliments and fixing problems.

“The past three years of doing this have been wonderful,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun to see the planning come to fruition festival week when you hit the ground running and don’t stop for seven days.”

Lambton has made a few changes to this year’s festival. Some have been welcomed; others not so much.

“To make it successful, I’ve made some changes this year, such as opening the commercial tent an extra day and moving the queen contest judging from Sunday to Saturday,” she said. “I think whenever you make changes, you’re going to have both complaints and compliments.”

Before joining the festival committee three years ago, Lambton wasn’t familiar with the workings of one of southern Indiana’s premiere events and what it takes each year to make it a success. Now, she’s awestruck.

“Seeing the whole community come together, especially the nonprofits coming out to show what they do for the community, such as the Varsity Club and Phi Beta Psi sorority, is amazing,” Lambton said. “Besides the food, it’s my favorite part of the festival.”

But planning such a massive event also has its challenges.

“I’m a people-pleaser by nature,” she said. “I want everyone to be happy. When you’re doing something like this, making sure everyone is happy and having a good time is difficult.”

This year, Lambton is assisted by her co-chairs Teresa Reynolds, who will take the helm after this week, and Henry Shetler. The parade chairman is Gary Rayhill.

“My co-chairs have been awesome,” Lambton said. “It’s been great to work with Henry, Teresa and Gary. I always count Gary as a part of the festival committee because of the hard work and dedication he puts into this festival each year.

“I’ve already put in my order with Mother Nature, and I think she’s going to deliver. It’s going to be a great week.”

Contact Times-Mail Staff Writer Krystal Shetler at 277-7264 or by email at kshetler@tmnews.com.

 

Monday, September 22nd, Events

Monday, September 22nd

Monday, September 22nd

4:30 pm Lasagna Dinner. Seventh Street Food Tent.

Sponsored by Mitchell Church of the Nazarene.

5:00 pm Carnival and rides begin.

Main Street.

6:00 pm AMERICAN LEGION BINGO

Tent on 7th Street, near Mississippi Avenue

6:00 pm Mini, Little and Junior Miss contests.

Main Street Stage.

8:00 pm Persimmon Festival Queen Pageant.

Preliminary judging will be Saturday 9/20 at 5:00 at the High School Auditorium, open to the public. $2 ticket price.  Crowning will take place on the main stage.