past Festival Themes

Each year, the Persimmon Festival Chairman has the opportunity to make their year unique! One way they can do this is by coming up with their own theme for their year’s festival! Listed below are the recorded themes from past years:

1948Reliance Day
1959Air Force and Space Travel
1962Lehigh’s 60 Years in Mitchell
1964Rededication to the United States
1965We Lift Up Our Eyes to These Hills
1966A State is but the Body of a Nation.  The People Who Inhabit its Hills and its Valleys are its Soul, its Spirit, its Life 
1967It’s About Time – In This Place; It’s About People And The Human Race
1968Freedom is Not Free
1969A Salute to Education, The Apprentice of Life
1970Happiness is…The Success of the Persimmon Festival
1971Silver Anniversary
1972Our Autumn Homecoming 
1973A Historical Review Trimmed in Red, White and Blue
1974Uncle Sam Still Stands Tall 
1975Our Living Heritage 1775-1975
1976Youth–Young and Old Unite Through Heritage
1977A Journey Down Persimmory Lane
1978Encounter of the Mitchell Kind
1979Tradition With a Torch of Tomorrow
1980Hoosier Hospitality
1981America–The Beautiful
1983Progress Through Education
1984One of a Kind
1985A Tradition of Hospitality
1986Freedom The American Way of Life
1987Proudly We Stand 
1988Super Homecoming ’88–42 Years Proud
1989Memories for Children of All Ages
1990We Will Always Be True to the Gold and Blue
1991Volunteers–Making our Community Strong 
1992Proud to Be an American
1993Secure The Future…Invest in Our Youth
1994An Autumn Homecoming 
1995Persimmon Festival ’95…We’re Still Rockin’
1996Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future
1997A Hometown Reunion
1998Persimmon Festival ’98…Through the Eyes of a Child
1999Uniquely Mitchell
2000Soaring Into a New Century
2001Building Today for Future Generations
2002Our Heritage…Our Future
2003From Railroads to Rockets
2004A Salute to the Volunteer
2005Our Education Foundation–Mitchell Schools
2006Sixty Years of Memories
2007At Your Service: A Salute to Mitchell’s Service Organizations
2008Mitchell Hometown Heroes
2009Welcome Home
2010Generation After Generation
2011Protect & Serve
2012Small Town Proud
2013Mitchell Athletics–Past, Present and Future
2014Shop Local–Buy Mitchell
2015Celebrating with the Sound of Music
2016Healing Hands, Helping Hearts
2017Persimmon City Harvest: Celebrating Farmers & Agriculture! 
2018“Industries and Businesses Supporting our Community”
2019Mitchell Around the World
2021Investing in Mitchell
202275 Years of Persimmon Traditions

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