Welcome to the
September 22nd to 29th, 2012
Main Street activities are September 24 – 29, 2012
The theme for 2012:
“Small Town Proud”
On behalf of the Greater Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, I would like to welcome each of you to the 66th annual Persimmon Festival. I sincerely hope you take the time to enjoy Mitchell’s historic downtown, which is filled with antique shops and other unique business. I invite you to visit many of the local businesses that continuously support the festival and the community. Many of which you’ll
see as sponsors in this book.
The theme for this year is “Small Town Proud.” I chose that theme because, as a native of Mitchell, I am proud of our small town and its heritage. I love the history of Mitchell, the people and our pride in our small community. The grand marshal for the Persimmon Festival this year is Jeff Routh. I chose Jeff Routh because I knew I wanted to pay homage to Mitchell’s history. Mitchell has a celebrated past and a promising future, and know one can represent our past better than Jeff, who serves as Mitchell’s unofficial historian. We’re happy to have him leading our parade this year.
I hope you will enjoy the week full of festivities, and I hope that you will use this book as your guide to the many events, contests and displays that make the Persimmon Festival one of the premiere festivals in southern Indiana. The people of Mitchell welcome you to their hometown, which was established in 1853. We take great pride in the Persimmon Festival, and hope that you enjoy your visit, while creating new traditions. Have a great week celebrating Mitchell, and remember the past and the people who made it great. Take pride in our small town and forge forward to make our future as wonderful as our past has been. Thank you for visiting Mitchell. Enjoy your stay.
General Chairman of the
66th annual Persimmon Festival
Video courtesy of Duane Busick, www.duanebusick.com
The festival will run from Saturday, Sept. 22th through Saturday, Sept. 29th. The parade will be held on the closing Saturday.
Activities on Main Street do not begin until Monday, Sept. 24th.