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