- A successful Saturday

Seymour High School's athletic department had one of many floats in the annual Seymour Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Seymour Merchants' Association. This year's parade lasted 41 minutes and included more than a mile of entries that traveled around all four sides of the city square. To see photos of the four prize-winning floats, go to Page 9 of this week's newspaper.

Saturday was a successfulone for many organizations and events within the city of Seymour.

The annual Seymour Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Seymour Merchants’ Association, was more than a mile long and featured nearly a dozen floats.

The parade lasted 41 minutes.

In the parade, the association awarded four float winners.

Earning first place and $250 was the Mount Zion Bible Church.

Second place and $200 in prize money went to the Seymour Scouts.

The Seymour Nazarene Church placed third and earned $150, while fourth place went to the New Beginning Baptist Church, located just northwest of Diggins off Highway A.

They were awarded $100.

On Saturday afternoon, the Seymour Merchants’ Association fired up its corndog cookers and sold its classic Seymour

Apple Festival corndogs from noon until 5 p.m.

Grady Bennett, the festival’s general chairman, said total corndog sales were at nearly $1,700.

That money, in part, was used to pay for the $700 in float prizes awarded to the four winners, as well as travel money for the Springfield Central High School “Kilties” and the Seymour High School “Tiger Pride” marching band.

The Seymour Community Development Association set up several vendors Saturday throughout the city square.

Later that evening, the business and residential winners of the new “Seymour Shines” Christmas-lights contests were announced.

For residential entries, first place went to Jacob, Jodi and Oaklea Price.

In second place was the home of Bill and Becky Sturdefant, while third place went to the home of Rose Rippee,

Ryker Burbach, Raelynn Freeman, Jared and Adalynn Onore.

The city of Seymour created the contest with help from three cash-prize sponsors — Wholesale Monument Company, Murney Realtors (Joanne Coutchie) and the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, all of Seymour.

For businesses, the first-place winner was Haney Tax & Accounting, Inc.

Taking second was Designliner III, while third place went to The Seymour Bank.

To top off the day, the Seymour High School varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams won their respective season-opening tournaments.

It’s believed to be the first time in school history that both varsity teams have won their season-opening tournaments.

Appropriately, the victories occurred on the same night.

First, the Tiger boys defeated Spokane 68-46 for the championship of the Marionville Invitational.

About two hours later, the Tiger girls defeated the host team, Marion C. Early of Morrisville, by a 57-47 count to earn the title of the Morrisville.

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