A new celebration is coming to the Seymour square this Christmas season.

Informally called “A Hallmark Christmas” and sponsored by the Seymour Community Development Association, the event focuses on Christmas shopping with local vendors and will be held in conjunction with the annual Seymour Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5.

“This is a come-shop-with-us type of event,” explained Renné Davidson of the association, known to most as the SCDA.

“We’re asking a wide range of vendors, everything from crafters to retail items, to come set up along the Seymour square and sell that afternoon and evening.”

The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m.

Before and after, Davidson and the SCDA are optimistic that vendors around the square will remain busy.

Currently, she said there are more than 30 vendors planning to set up on Dec. 5.

“Vendors will be set up on all four sides of the square,” Davidson noted.

“What we’re looking for are vendors who are selling items that would be good Christmas items. Hopefully, parade patrons will use this as an opportunity to shop for Christmas. Best of all, the money stays at home.”

Cost to set up is free.

Vendors still are sought.

Anyone interested in setting up at a spot on the square, assigned by the SCDA, is urged to call Davidson at 417-935-2888 or Sheila Sturdefant at 417-830-3208.

Davidson added that several food vendors also will participate in the Dec. 5 celebration.

There will be kettle corn.

Seymour’s Youth Empowerment Project (Y.E.P.) kids will set up on the east side of the square and serve ham and beans for a donation.

“Ideally, we’d like to see the square lined with vendors on the day of the parade,” Davidson said.

Those who are selling items are urged to set up early that afternoon and continue selling until the early evening.

After the parade, the city will hold a tree-lighting ceremony on the west side of the square.

The city also will turn on its new three-globe lights lining the Seymour Downtown Park’s four sidewalks. Candy will be distributed to children by city officials.

The Seymour Merchants’ Association will hand out its awards and checks for winning fl oats after the parade at the historic Owen Theatre on the square’s south side.

“We feel that our vendors will have a couple of hours after the parade to sell, because the crowd should stay after the parade,” Davidson concluded.

“Anyone interested in having a booth on the square for this event needs to call Sheila or I as soon as possible. The spots are free. Each year, the parade draws a thousand people or more, so there will be a crowd on hand to do their Christmas shopping on that Saturday.”

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