For the past three years, Bob Crump has led the Seymour Merchants’ Association as its president.

This year, the annual Seymour Apple Festival sponsored by the association may have been the best one yet, as record crowds and revenue were reported.

Under Crump, the association has given nearly $30,000 back to the community, including $16,000 to the Seymour Area Arts Council, $5,000 for a new T-ball field at the city’s Lee Binley Memorial Park and $1,000 to the Care To Learn program at the Seymour R-II School District.

His successor for the next year is Renne Wallace, who has held the post in the past with more than a decade of service as the association’s president.

Crump now takes a seat on the group’s three-person board of directors, where he’s joined by Terry Penner and Anna Sturdefant.

Terry Kelley is the vice president, Kirk Penner serves as treasurer, while Tami Gerard and Hillary Gintz will jointly serve as the secretary after the association held its annual election of officers last Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Meeting dates for 2020 will change from Wednesdays to Tuesdays.

All meetings start at 6 p.m. and will be held in the meeting room of the Seymour Community Library.

Meeting dates for 2020 include Feb. 25, April 28, June 23, Aug. 25, Sept. 22 and Nov. 10.

At last week’s meeting, the merchants awarded $6,250 in donations, including the aforementioned $5,000 for a new city T-ball field (see separate story), $1,000 for the sponsorship of three shows at the Owen Theatre in downtown Seymour and $250 to Seymour’s Share Your Christmas.

Crump gave an update on the annual Seymour Christmas Parade sponsored by the association.

As of last Wednesday, he said four floats were entered in the competition set for Saturday, Dec. 7.

Prizes include $250 for first, $200 for second, $150 for third and $100 for fourth.

The parade will step off at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

Lineup for all entries begins at 4:30 p.m.

Kelley and Dan Wehmer are the parade’s chairmen, as the lineup occurs on East Washington Street, just south of the Price Cutter grocery store parking lot.

Dates were officially set for the annual Easter-egg hunt and the Seymour Apple Festival.

The Easter-egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020, and is held in the Seymour Downtown Park at the center of the city square. The Seymour Apple Festival runs from Sept. 10 through Sept. 12, 2020.

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