Dan Wehmer - Publisher's Pen

Dan Wehmer

As referenced a week ago in this column, this year’s version of the Seymour Apple Festival may have been the best one ever in terms of both crowds and sales.

Nearly every product sold by the Seymour Merchants’ Association, the festival’s sponsor since its inception in 1973, was sold out.

That includes chicken halves, smoked pork, apple pie, apple slushies, festival mugs, ice cream, T-shirts and even corndogs.

Tonight (Wednesday), festival planners and workers will learn the event’s financial fate in the annual post-festival meeting set to start at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the Seymour Community Library.

The meeting isn’t a closed one.

It’s the opposite.

Anyone and everyone is invited to the meeting, as officials from the association always have kept in place an open-door policy when it comes to festival expenditures, revenue and financial results for an event organizers see as Seymour’s big family reunion.

Newcomers are welcome.

New ideas are solicited.

Input is sought on how Seymour can make its annual celebration better in the future.

In the past, I’ve heard contrary comments about longtime festival organizers and volunteers not being open to change.

I’ve heard statements about alleged arrogance and elitist attitudes. Social media allows such claims to be made much easier and without face-to-face debate.

If you have ideas to share about future festivals or if you simply want to know more about how the annual event is operated, this is your invitation to participate and ultimately learn more.

This year, we picked up several wonderful new volunteers for the festival.

My hope is that more are found tonight.

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Reading time, three minutes:

• Free 738 Water Street.

• Here in Seymour, the movement to improve the city’s park network is alive and well.

The new Seymour Park Board, under the leadership of Andy Johnson, the group’s president, came to the Seymour Board of Aldermen last Thursday night with many excellent ideas, several that were implemented.

The five-person board is enthusiastic. Members also are willing to work.

In the immediate future is a plan to rebuild the former youth baseball field at the West Park into a facility that will focus on T-ball. Hopes are that a plan can be developed soon and perhaps implemented this spring.

Anyone with thoughts on developing the field, including design ideas or skill sets needed for the project, is encouraged to contact Johnson.

The board has $30,000 to spend this fiscal year.

Next fiscal year, the aldermen seem unanimous on committing to build a second regular-size baseball field near the South Park.

That’s a credit to board’s faith in its park board.

• Courtesy of South Ward Alderman Jim Ashley, the park at the center of the Seymour square soon will have a new look.

Aldermen voted 4-0 last Thursday to buy 12 new three-globe post lights to line the four sidewalks of the Seymour Downtown Park that lead to the gazebo.

Measuring roughly 8-1/2 feet, each post light has three circular globes, identical to those now seen in the Fordland City Park.

Cost is $250 each ... a total of $3,000. The now-dark square’s center will be lighted soon.

Thanks to Jim’s great idea.

• Be sure to look in next week’s paper for big news from the historic Owen Theatre.

Courtesy of a native daughter, the downtown venue will receive a very generous donation Friday morning. The monies will provide for the addition of new equipment and, in turn, new attractions and services.

• I’ll end with a business blurb.

Jerry Inman, known to many locally via his insurance agency across from The Seymour Bank on Main Street, now is in the auction business.

Inman Auctions, LLC is located on Highway BB at a building known to many as the longtime garage and shop of Kevin Mensik.

The address is 1484 State Highway BB in Seymour.

His weekly consignment auctions start at 6 p.m. every Monday night.

“We’ve got new items every week,” he said.

Bored on a Monday night?

Drive over to Jerry’s sale. You might find an item you can’t do without.

Dan Wehmer is the Citizen’s editor, publisher and owner. He can be reached at 417-935-2257 or via e-mail at citizen@webstercountycitizen.com.

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