For the first time in its 47-year history, the Seymour Apple Festival will be visited by a Missouri governor.
Gov. Mike Parson will visit the 47th annual festival for about an hour this Saturday afternoon. His visit starts around 4:30 p.m. at Seymour City Hall and will conclude around 5:30 p.m. in the gazebo of the Seymour Downtown Park, where he will briefl y speak to festival attendees.
Parson's visit to Seymour was arranged and organized by Seymour business owner Terry Kelley, whose Circle K Trading Post is located on the south side of the city square.
"This visit doesn't happen if not for Terry," noted Bob Crump, president of the Seymour Merchants' Association, the festival's sponsor. "We owe him a lot of thanks for starting this process many months ago and staying persisent about earning a visit to our festival from the governor."
The last time a Missouri governor visited Seymour was 2006 when Matt Blunt came to the Webster County Citizen office on the city square. About 200 attended the event.