75th Committee Chairpersons:

This year’s festival is little different than the past! Typically, each year brings a new chairperson. That chairperson will have two co-chairs, one of which will step up to take place the following year. This cycle has continued for years, but this year is a big year and we are changing it up a little bit! There are five chairpersons on the 75th Committee. Each one has served as a chairperson in the past.


Mark Bryant

Mark has served in various capacities with both the chamber and the festival for many years. Mitchell’s current clerk-treasurer led the festival in 1997. 

Don Caudell II.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Don chaired the 1979 festival and has served as the longtime treasurer of the Greater Mitchell Chamber of Commerce. 

Larry Caudell

One of Mitchell’s city councilman as well as a community volunteer for decades, Larry chaired the festival in 2018. 

Tonya Chastain

Tonya’s family remains among the most active in the Persimmon Festival through its involvement with the Phi Beta Psi sorority and food tent. She chaired the festival in 2001. 

Krystal Shetler

Krystal’s involvement in the festival goes back 20 years to when she was asked to lead the Persimmon Pudding and Novelty Dessert Contest and has spread from there. She led the festival in 2010. 

Co-ChairpersonCarol Chambers 812- 583-4683
Co-ChairpersonAimee Carlisle812-545-1309
TreasurerDon Caudell812-849-4200
Antique TractorSonja Mills 812-797-6251
Arm Band SalesJan Dalton  812-849-4142
Arts, Crafts and Photo ContestSusie Cessna
Barbara Wigley
Art ExhibitsW.David Fields 812-278-4723
Baby ContestAngela Edwards 812-583-2941
Business Expo and Persimmon ShoppeMike James812-849-5479
Community Yard Sale Chamber Office 812-849-4441
Cruise In Billy Sanders 812-278-1185
Emergency Equipment ShowTyler Duncan 812-583-6770
Festival Photographer Jeff Routh812-849-2134
Little, Mini, Jr. Miss PageantJennifer McNeely812-675-2175
Motorcycle Show Rob Stephens Rob Stephens 812-797-4876
Parade Vicky Schlegel
Toya Lamm
Persimmon Dessert & NoveltyAlverta Hart812-849-3441
Persimmon 5K Walk/Run Madison McNeely812-797-9393
Persimmon Idol WBIW/WQRK/Litefm812-275-7555
Persimmon Market Lori Hall812-675-9610
Quilt ShowDee Brinkworth812-675-7419
Queen PageantKatie Houchin 812-278-0200
Road RallyAshley and Mike Teague812-797-8788
Senior DayTrudy Wells 812-849-4457
Ticket BoothChamber Office 812-849-4441
Vesper ServiceDaniel Lee812-788-1461
Float PreparationBecky Mason 812-797-4491

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