Andy Mullen is serving as the general chairman for the Persimmon Festival. He made Mitchell his home in 2005 after marrying the former Amber Little. He works at Spring Mill Inn in group sales. 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 13 years. It was his wife’s love of the festival that brought him here today.
Suzanne (Carnell) Patton is serving as second co-chair for the 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.