The July 4th fireworks will be launched from Wilson Park this year.
In order to honor social distancing and to keep the public safe, Wilson Park will be closed to the public. Residents will be encouraged to find a location within a few blocks of the park to sit and watch the aerial firework display. There will be not be a ground firework display.
The fireworks display is expected to take place shortly after dusk.
No tax dollars will be used for the celebration; all the money raised for the celebration will be strictly donations. Anyone wishing to donate can contact Bedford City Hall to learn how to contribute. The goal is to raise $8,000.
Fireworks will be set off at the Lehigh Cement Plant beginning at dusk.
74TH MITCHELL PERSIMMON FESTIVAL
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Lawrence County’s oldest and largest festival featuring the quirky little fruits, persimmons! The Persimmon Festival offers up live music and entertainment every night, amazing food, games, rides & more! Of course, you will be able to find persimmons EVERYWHERE!
Kick off Festival Week at the Candlelight Tour at Spring Mill State Park (September 18)
SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 18
– Community Wide Yard Sale
– Persimmon Market
– Emergency Equipment Day
– Mini, Little & Junior Miss Pageants
SUNDAY | SEPTEMBER 19
– Baby Contest
– Persimmon Queen Pageant
– Road Rally
– Community Vesper Service
MONDAY | SEPTEMBER 20
– Queen Crowning
– Mini, Little & Junior Miss Crowning
– Lite 102.5 FM Persimmon Idol
TUESDAY | SEPTEMBER 21
– Agriculture Night
– MHS Stingerz Dance Team
– MJHS Dance Team
– MHS & MJHS Choirs
– Dustin Collins
WEDNESDAY | SEPTEMBER 22
– State of Indiana – Persimmon Day
– The Lick Creek Band
– The Indigos
THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 23
– Gospel Night
– Mark Vice
– The Wray Brothers
FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 24
– The OCD Band
– The Endless Summer Band
SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 25
– Grand Parade
– Persimmon 5k Run & Walk
– Cruise In
– Motorcycle Show
– Antique Tractor & Machinery Show
– Persimmon Pudding & Novelty Contest – Recipe & Winners
– Cincinnati Circus
– Linda Smith Band
Pick up a Persimmon Festival Guide at the Lawrence County Visitor Center
533 W Main St.
Mitchell, IN 47446
Check out the Persimmon Festival Facebook Page.
*photo above provided by the TimesMail.
BEDFORD FARMER’S MARKET
It’s another beginning to the Farmer’s Market Season and we couldn’t be more excited! Pick up fresh produce and beautiful handmade items created by locals. While the market is a great place to gather and socialize, for everyone’s safety, it is asked that you maintain a distance from others. See all of the “Market Manners” below:
As seen in the Bedford Times-Mail 05/15/2020
Bedford Farmers Market to open Saturday
The Bedford Farmers Market is opening as scheduled on Saturday according to Market Director Allison Roodschild. The market will be open during its traditional hours from 8 a.m. until noon.
“We would like to encourage shoppers who are concerned about crowd size to attend during the first hour as we want to give them the best experience for their situation,” Roodschild said in an email. “The first hour will continue to be reserved for the elderly and immunocompromised for the next several weeks as the need is evident.”
The market will once again be located on the west side of the courthouse square in downtown Bedford. Customers will be able to park along J Street.
Roodschild said the Lawrence County Commissioners gave approval for the market to open given the event takes appropriate safety measures. The governor also declared farmers markets to be essential businesses.
“After that happened, we began our research behind the scenes,” she said.
“The market board, which is comprised of vendor members and myself, ultimately made the decision to open. The Bedford Revitalization Board, as our sponsoring organization, was also consulted.”
Roodschild said she was in contact with the Indiana Department of Health, the Farmers Market Coalition, Indiana Farm Bureau and Purdue Extenson to name just a few of the organizations consulted for guidance. She said she also talked with other area market leaders. “What is right for one market might not be right for another,” she said.
“Our basic structure will remain the same, but customers can expect to see changes to each vendor’s displays,” she said. “The use of pre-packaged options and order pick-up will likely be used more frequently.”
The market has adopted the following Market Manners for attendees:
• Do not enter the market if you are sick.
• Make a shopping list.
• Send only one person from the family into the market.
• Wait in your vehicle if lines form.
• No pets will be allowed.
• Keep six feet between people.
• Do not touch surfaces.
• Touch only what you intend to buy.
• Use handwashing station if needed.
• We love you, but please do not linger.
Roodschild and other vendors will be in charge of policing the public to make sure the guidelines are being followed.
“Many aspects of the pandemic situation look to each of us to show respect and kindness to each other,” she said. “I feel confident in my neighbors that we can excel at that, regardless of our personal opinions. The situation will continue to be monitored as changes come down from the state. Some changes may become permanent based on need and feedback from customers and vendors. Time will tell.”
She expects the market season to get off to a slow start.
“I’d like to encourage our customers not to be discouraged,” she said. “Remember for several of us, this is income vital to our lives. Please support us as we overcome the situation.”
TIS THE SEASON – ART SHOW
The Lawrence County Art Association hosts their annual holiday art show, “Tis the Season”. The Wiley Art Gallery will be filled with artwork from award-winners and budding artists alike. Pick up the book, “Artists Feature Lawrence County” while you are there, and see the county in a different perspective.
THE SHOW WILL BEGIN ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 AND WILL END AT THE END OF FEBRUARY 2021.
Thursday 9:00 AM – NOON, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00PM
Saturday 10:00 AM t0 1:00 PM