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“Christmas In America” is the theme for this year’s annual Seymour Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Seymour Merchants’ Association.

Organizers said the parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The parade will travel around all four sides of the Seymour square.

Candy may be handed out to children by parade entries.

The merchants will award $700 in prize money for the parade’s winning floats.

Bob Crump, who leads the parade’s float-judging efforts, said the float judging consists of scores being given in four categories:

• Design and construction, 40 points.

• General effects, 30 points.

• Overall appearance, 20 points.

• Theme content, 10 points.

Crump said the deadline to enter floats is at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. The first-place winner will receive $250, while the second-place winner earns $200. Third place gets $150, with fourth place receiving $100.

As of Monday morning, there were seven official float entries.

Parade chairmen are Terry Kelley and Dan Wehmer, who will line up all entries, beginning at the corner of Main and East Washington streets, just off the southeast corner of the city square.

The parade lineup begins at 4:30 p.m.

Float entries are encouraged to register in advance by calling Crump at 417-935-4039 or Wehmer at 417-935-2257.

“Registering early ensures that we can line up the parade with proper spacing by knowing how many floats we have to blend with the bands and other entries,” Crump noted.

“It’s just as simple as calling Dan or I and letting us know who you are and that you will be entering a float. That way, I’ve got a list for my judges, and Dan knows you’re coming as he’s lining up the parade.”

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