Larry “Bamm” Caudell is serving as the chairman for the 72nd annual Persimmon Festival. A life-long resident of Mitchell, he is retired from Lehigh Cement Co. after more than 41 years of service. He also was with the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department for 32 years and served 22 of those years as chief. He is a member of the Mitchell City Council and the First Baptist Church in Mitchell, where he serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He is married to Diana, a retired teacher with Mitchell Community.
Andy Mullen is serving as the first co-chair for the Persimmon Festival. He made Mitchell his home in 2005 after marrying the former Amber Little. He works for the French Lick Casino as a slot supervisor. Andy is a 1991 recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award. He is also an Honorary State Speaker of the House for the state of Indiana, and honorary Indiana State Fire Marshal, a severe weather enthusiast and the self-proclaimed biggest Cubs fan in Lawrence County. Andy has been married to his wife Amber for more than 12 years. It was his wife’s love of the festival that brought him here today.
Suzanne (Carnell) Patton is serving a third co-chair for the Persimmon Festival. Born in Livonia, Mich., she migrated to Mitchell in 1975 when her parents opened the Ben Franklin store. She became a Hoosier upon graduating Indiana University. Suzanne and her husband Marvin currently oversee operations at the local Ben Franklin/Ace Hardware store. She proudly serves a a trustee for the Mitchell Public Library, is a member of Tri Kappa and attends the Free Methodist Church. She is a past recipient of the Lawrence County Walk of Excellence awarded for women in business. Suzanne enjoys participating in local 4-H activities, having been a former judge and adult Best of Show winner. She is a member of the Spring Mill Stitchers and volunteers at the Mitchell Opera House. Suzanne and Marvin have always treasured festival moments with their two children and look forward to making new festival memories with their grandchildren.