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The Mitchell Persimmon Festival will be in full swing throughout the week, with musical acts, rides, contests and other events.

The festival queen will be crowned tonight on the Main Street stage, and the parade will step off starting at 2 p.m.
Saturday.

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The Persimmon Pudding and Novelty Dessert Contest, os slated for Sept. 27, will take place at the Mitchell First Church of God’s Fellowship Hall, 405 12th St.

Registration is free and takes place from 8­11 a.m. No entries will be accepted after 11 a.m. Entries for the pudding contest must be a 4­inch by 4­inch piece and must be placed on an 8­ or 9 ­inch white paper plate, covered with wax paper or plastic wrap.

No topping of any kind is allowed, and no recipe is needed at the time of judging. Novelty dessert entries must be a nice ­sized portion placed in a disposable container with a lid or some other kind of covering.

Persimmon pulp must be the largest, or one of the largest, ingredients in the concoction. Novelty dessert entries can include anything, except cookies.

The recipe for the novelty desserts must be submitted during registration and must include the name of the dessert and the name of the person entering the dessert on the right­hand corner of the back side of the recipe card.

Recipes written on sheets of paper will not be accepted. If rules are not followed, entries will be disqualified before judging as the rules are strictly enforced.

The winner of the pudding contest receives $200. The novelty contest winner receives $100. Awards and cash prizes are given for first­, second­, third­ and fourth ­place and six honorable mentions in both contests.

Names of the winners will be posted on the window of Holmes Hardware in downtown Mitchell about 1 p.m. Sept. 27, just before the start of the parade. Winners will be announced on the Main Street stage, after the parade at 4:15 p.m. At that time, the winning pudding recipe will be needed so it should be brought to the Main Street stage with contestants.

For more information on the contest, call Alverta Hart at 849­3441. The pudding contest originated with the first Persimmon Festival and has continued every year since 1947. It has been a staple part of the festival, honoring the cooks who take the top prize.