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school mom buildingSpecial exhibit now on display at the
School Mom's Building

(The Seymour Apple Festival is cancelled for 2020)

The historical preservation committee of the Seymour Area Arts Council, under the Direction of Helen Lamb, has a display titled "County Schools, Lost In Time". Rural schools in the Seymour area featured in the display include Center Point, Slack, Diggins, Davis, Teagues, Gentry, Box (Oak Grove), Burnett, Ragsdale, Liberty, Alberta, Carrick, Finley, Mountain Dale, Star, Mountain View (Northview), Nation and Flintapple display Hollow.

Museum officials are looking for photographs of any rural county schools, as well as anything else historic, that can be copied. Also sought are books or memorabilia that can be displayed at the museum, which is the former location of the Seymour Public Library.

The museum recently received donations of a World War I shaving kit, which was given by the wife of Elza Hargis (the kit belonged to Elza's father), a school desk from the Cedar Gap School, donated by Ron Giedd, and an old sewing basket from deskrural Seymour resident Pearl Raymond, which belonged to Raymond's grandmother.

The School Mom's Building Museum/Gallery, located at 213 Market Street in Seymour, Missouri, is normally open on Fridays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays.

For More Information

Contact Helen Lamb at (417) 935-4983


The following information was found in the 1973 editions of the Webster County Citizen as reported by Editor Max Good.

On August 16, 1973 Seymour business representatives met at an early morning breakfast and appointed various committees to promote business growth and retail.  One of these committees was the Special Events Committee to be chaired by Max Good.  Other members of the committee included Helen Shelton, Donald Werle, Kenneth Pennington, Mary Hightower, Paul Triplett, and Irvin James.

The first mention of an apple festival was reported on August 30, 1973.  In personal interviews of various people the festival was created as a customer appreciation event as-well-as an appreciation for the industries that were here.  With the orchard being the oldest industry in the community, this special event was named “Seymour Apple Festival”.

The first Apple Festival was held October 11, 12, & 13, 1973 with Dean Matney as the general chairman.  Working with Dean were Joyce Scott, Hal Nichols, Emma Carter, Cecil Blankenship, Mary Hightower, Helen Shelton, and Max Good.

Committee Chairpersons were:

  • Morris Crowder - Bluegrass Band
  • Scott Kasterke - Gospel Singing
  • Leonard Samuels - Country Western Band
  • Sara Good - Apple Pie Contest
  • Charles Garrison - Children’s Games
  • Bill Holiman - Street Rod Parade
  • Emma Carter - Apple Princess Contest
  • Max Good - Horseshoe Pitching Contest
  • David Russell - Fiddler’s Contest
  • Lee Binley - Prize Drawing
  • Mary Hightower - Arts & Crafts
  • Jim Embrey - Apple Butter Making

Some of the other events that were held included:

  • Seymour Saddle Club parade of horses with many other neighboring saddle clubs
  • Chicken BBQ by the Seymour Jaycees
  • Lions Concession Stand & Eye Donor Booth
  • Rainbow Girls Cake Walk & Bake Sale
  • 4H Club Dart Throw
  • Head Start Kissing Booth
  • Turtle Race
  • Pennies in the Haystack
  • Sack Races
  • Apple Dunking
  • Greased Pole Climb
  • Greased Pig Scramble



The 1973 Apple Princess was Miss Dawn Christopher sponsored by the Seymour Lions Club.

Apple Pie Contest:

After the first festival the Citizen reported that the estimated attendance was between 1200 and 2000 people which included some soggy weather.  The Friday night gospel singing was rained out and moved into the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  The festival climax was the Saturday night street square dance called by Cleo Myers.


Several merchants ran specials in their businesses such as:

Boys Blue Jeans   $2.99
Men’s and Boys Shirts 2 for $5.00
Red Delicious Apples  $ .15 lb.
Bananas $ .10 lb.
Folders Coffee $ .69 lb.
Particle Board (3/4 x 4 x 10)  $5.20
3 piece Solid Maple Bedroom Set $199.88



~ Fire destroys Ramey Market on east side of square.
~ School patrons approve $80,000 bond issue for cafeteria at high school by 264-32 vote.
~ Construction started on Seymour’s first 16-unit federally financed housing unit on
Anderson Street.
~ MFA employees honored for length of service.  Troy Hannah & Dorothy Herman for 25 years and Donald Crump for 20 years.
~ Jim Binley won Sweepstakes Award at District Industrial Arts Contest in Springfield on a
stereo.  Wayne Barlow was his instructor.
~ Joel and Lil Norris hold the grand opening of Western Auto after purchasing it from
Paul and Alice Hunter.
~ Miss Susan Miller was married to Wendel Matlock on May 26.
~ Bruce and Danny Denney completed their Air Force basic training.
~ Miss Lisa Pool crowned as Miss Merry Christmas.