Suzanne (Carnell) Patton is the general chairperson for the 2020 Persimmon Festival. Born in Livonia, Mich., she migrated to Mitchell in 1976 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. She is the 2017 Greater Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. Suzanne enjoys participating in local 4-H activities, is a member of the Spring Mill Stitchers and a volunteer 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.
Carol Chambers is the first co-chairperson of the 74th annual Persimmon Festival. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, married Daniel Chambers in 1965. They re-located to Lawrence county in 1976. She has been a Hoosier for 41 years. She is a member of Mitchell First Baptist Church, and Financial Secretary for several years. She retired from the Mitchell Post Office with 27 years as a Rural Carrier. Since that time she was honored by The Lawrence County Walk of Excellence Award for Community Volunteerism. She is a Volunteer at the Mitchell L.I.F.E. Office, Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, and her church. She is a member of Mitchell Tri Kappa and past President. She and Her husband have 2 children, Dr. Dawn Robinson-Meadows, DNP, ANP-C, AACRN, and Sean Chambers PhD, and 4 grandchildren.
Aimee Carlisle is the second co-chairperson of the 74th annual Persimmon Festival. Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky her family moved back to the Mitchell area in 1981. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1999 and Indiana State University in 2004. Aimee currently works in the office at Resource Services in Bedford doing accounts payable/receivable along with payroll. She is a member of Mitchell Tri Kappa and the Mitchell First Baptist Church. Aimee enjoys spending time with her friends and family. In her spare time she enjoys camping at Spring Mill, Crafting and shopping. Aimee and Brian spend time cheering on both the Mitchell Lady Jackets and Bedford Lady Stars basketball teams. Aimee has always said that the Persimmon Festival is her favorite time of the year and is looking forward to making many more Festival memories during her upcoming time on the committee.