Lawrence County is named in honor of Captain James
Lawrence, the American naval officer whose trips to England in 1811 produced the unsatisfactory answers from the English that led to the War of 1812. Captain Lawrence is famous for his final words of "Don't Give Up the Ship" which has become the Navy's rallying cry.
Part of the Hoosier National Forest covers the county's west side; this beautiful area provides a very worthwhile visit
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Limestone Heritage Festival The festival includes a parade featuring a militaryflyover, fireworks, stone carving exhibition, ice creamsocial, free open-air concertand more!
Persimmon Festival Mitchell, Indiana The Persimmon Festival in Mitchell, Indiana occurs the last full week of September every year and runs for eight days. The festival has been a tradition on Main Street since 1946. The population of Mitchell swells every year at this time. More events have been added in the recent years until there is truly something for everyone. The festival is kicked off by the Candlelight Tour of the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park just east of town. The major highlight is the parade on the last Saturday that lasts for two hours and attracts crowds, by some estimates, over 40,000 people. An approximate 30 contestants enter each year to be named the Persimmon Festival Queen. In addition, contests are held for Mini Miss, Little Miss and Junior Miss. Midway rides for the very young and the not-so-young line Main Street. Food booths and special offerings from local non-profits, churches and businesses abound. A popularity contest for artwork and for photography along with a juried Arts and Crafts Show are held at various sites in and around the downtown area. Festival Map: http://www.persimmonfestival.org/Maps/FestivalMap.aspx
Persimmon Festival Mitchell, Indiana The Persimmon Pudding entries are always hotly contested. Not only does it take a winning recipe, but the most hidden secret is "what tree did your persimmons come from?". This year was the 63rd annual Persimmon Festival and was held on September 19-26, 2009. Contests held at the Persimmon Festival are: Horseshoe Contest Lip Sync Contest Persimmon Queen Contest Junior Miss Contest Little Miss Queen Contest Mini Miss Queen Contest Road Rally Contest Novelty Dessert Contest Persimmon Pudding Contest Photography Contest Art Show Arts and Crafts Contest Car Show 5K Run/Walk Antique Tractor Show/Contest 2009 Contest Results: http://www.persimmonfestival.org/ContestResults2009.aspx