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If you’re proud of Seymour High School being your alma mater, mark Memorial Day weekend on your calendar.

The 119th annual reunion of the Seymour High School Alumni Association arrives Friday, May 22, and continues all day on Saturday, May 23, featuring a wide variety of events, including a trash-can feed, concert in the park, parade, a 5K run/walk, a business and home-decorating contest and class reunions.

“We have had several alumni over the years request we look at a different weekend to have our reunions,” explained Delilah Johnson, president of the local alumni association, which is the state’s oldest.

“Many boards and committee members have researched this, but no other weekends or holidays seem to work.”

So, for 2020, Johnson said alumni officials have planned a wide variety of new things for the holiday weekend in hopes more Seymour High School alumni will come to or stay in town for the festivities.

Alumni-related events begin on Friday, May 22, as the Seymour Community Development Association (SCDA) will play host to a home- and business-decorating contest for the holiday weekend. Prizes for the best-decorated home are $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.

The best-decorated business will earn $100.

“We would like the whole town to show their support of the red, white and blue,” Johnson said, adding that businesses and homes will be judged on the afternoon of May 22 and announced at the parade the following day.

That evening, Seymour’s Hazelwood Lodge No. 459, A.F. & A.M., will hold a trash-can feed in the Seymour Downtown Park.

In conjunction, the Seymour Area Arts Council and its Owen Theatre will play host to a concert in the park with the “Heat Cats” of the U.S. Army Reserves. Those who attend are urged to bring lawn chairs for the free concert by the accomplished concert band, which includes former longtime Seymour High School band director Andy Mariage playing the trumpet.

“The alumni will have a special salute to our veterans who are there for these festivities,” Johnson noted.

Activities on Saturday, May 23, kick off early with the alumni association holding a “Running With The Tigers” 5K run and walk, with all proceeds benefitting local military veterans.

Crystal Clark and Todd Kleier, both Seymour High School alumni, are heading up the event, which starts and finishes at Seymour High School. Registration is at 7 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. Additional information about the race can be found on the association’s Facebook page at Seymour MO Alumni.

Action then returns to the Seymour square.

“We are looking for artisans, designers, crafters, sign makers, farmers’ markets, bakers, food trucks, clubs, organizations and church vendors to set up their booths around the square and sell their goods from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,” Johnson said. She added that Nicole Lucas of the alumni association is the contact for any and all vendors, and Lucas can be reached at 417-414-1023.

“Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis,” Johnson noted. “There is no set-up fee for 2020.”

At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, the alumni association will hold its inaugural Memorial Weekend Parade and invites all active and veteran military, police, firefighters and fire trucks, churches, civic groups, organizations, bands, classic cars and anyone who wishes to participate.

Dean and Evelyn Rowe will line up the parade.

“We invite any alumni classes to host their own floats for the parade,” Johnson said.

After the parade, the next stop is Seymour High School, where the 119th annual alumni reunion is planned from 5 to 8 p.m.

“This year, we welcome all our alumni back home to their old stomping grounds with our 2020 homecoming class reunions,” Johnson said. “If any class holding a reunion would like to reserve a room for their gathering, please contact an alumni board member.”

She concluded that the next meeting of the alumni association arrives at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, in the meeting room at the Seymour Community Library on East Clinton Avenue (Business 60).

“We invite all alumni to our meetings and reunions,” Johnson said. “Come and be a part of something great that is getting greater.”

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