Texas Independence & Heritage Day Celebration
3rd Saturday in March annually
The community celebrated our Texas Independence Day and Seymour’s Heritage Day in the beautiful City Park. The event begins with the presentation of Texas Battle Flags by special guest riders from Vernon, TX, the Santa Rosa Palomino Club. Entertainment fills the day with Mexican Dancers in native costume, A Lead & Lace Shoot out, and authentic chuck wagon cooking. Dutch Oven sampling, a special appearance of History re-in-actor Jeff Bearden as the GWCT drover Seymour Munday, live entertainment of cowboy Music from Prairie Moon, vendors, a quilt show, a cake walk, a horse drawn wagon touring historic spots of Seymour, the authentic herd of Longhorns from Ft Griffin, Daughters of the Republic of Texas treasure trunk display, a Lonesome Dove display, a Civil War camp, and much more.
The Chamber of Commerce Banquet is set for February. This celebration of Seymour and its citizens is sponsored by the Seymour Chamber of Commerce as a “Thank-you” to its members and citizens of Seymour who provide such a generous support each year. This event is a greatly anticipated annual evening full of fun, great food, special recognition, and wonderful entertainment. As each year before, The Chamber will honor the Chamber’s “Business of the Year” and “Citizen of the Year”.
Celebrating Seymour’s Old Settler’s Reunion & Rodeo
3rd week of July
Seymour became the meeting point for cowmen from all over the western part of Texas. In 1896, an event was held in Seymour which was the first of its kind. It was called a “Cowboy Reunion” and was so popular that it became a tradition and is still held each year in July. There is no known record of any Cowboy Reunion held earlier than the one Seymour had in July of 1896.
A retired cowboy, Jeff Scott, had the idea of a reunion for cowboys. The idea caught the attention of the townspeople, and in July 1896, a 3 day reunion was held. Rodeo style events were held, along with a barbecue, baseball games, and a Grand Ball. Hundreds of people attended and it was so successful, it was decided to have another Reunion the following year.
The Reunion of 1897 was even more successful than the first. The main event of the second reunion was the attendance of Chief Quanah Parker and some 300 Native Americans. One night they staged an “Indian War Dance”, dressed in full battle regalia, dancing around a bonfire.
The Cowboy Reunion became an annual event and is held the second weekend in July each year. It is now known as the “Old Settlers Reunion and Rodeo”.
Dove Hunter’s Breakfast
First Saturday of September
The Chamber has served up to 8 dozen eggs and biscuits, three gallons of gravy, sausage, juice and all the fixin’s for their annual Dove Hunters Complimentary Breakfast held the first Saturday of each September. The Chamber board prepares the breakfast with their morning starting early with preparations beginning at 4 am. The first group of hunters hit the Extension building at 5am. Hunters stream in steadily in groups, some early, some late. Hunters came from all over including some from Lubbock to Paris, Texas enjoying the breakfast, the camaraderie, and the good hunting. Most boast of return visits. Local businesses can take advantage of free advertising at booths located around the room. The hunters enjoy looking at all the brochures provided by the Texas Cooperative Extension such as: Dove Management, Brush Management Effects on Deer Habitat, Factors Affecting Deer Diets and Nutrition, and Counting Quail, to name a few. Often door prizes are given. The Chamber eagerly looks forward to each year’s breakfast and the opportunity to visit with the hunters.
Cruisin’ The Brazos
3rd weekend in October
This October event is a celebration of the Fall Season and classic cars. It is held the 3rd Saturday of October. It is staged in our downtown area around the Baylor County Courthouse and esplanades. Streets are blocked off and fun takes priority over traffic. Many divisions bring cars from all over. One of the favorite events of the day is the “Burn-out” contest. “Tires on Fire” is one of the trophy divisions. A night cruise is enjoyed by all, especially the 18 Wheeler Truck division. The streets are filled with vendors offering Arts & Crafts, novelties, foods of all descriptions, games, displays, and so much more. All are surrounded by the delicious aroma of barbecue cooked on the grills and chili from the cook-off.
The Mistletoe Market Tour
1st Thursday in December
The Chamber’s Mistletoe Market Tour opens the Christmas season for citizens of Seymour. On the 1st Thursday of each December, the businesses stay open late for citizens who want to “Shop til they drop!”. The businesses encourage the locals to “Shop in Seymour, First!” by decorating their store fronts, serving Christmas snacks, offering great discounts and door prize drawings.
Lighted Christmas Parade & Santa
2nd Thursday in December
The Second Thursday of December is the annual Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade to officially welcome the holiday season. And, most importantly, it heralds the arrival in Seymour of jolly ole St. Nick and Mrs. Claus high atop fire trucks provided by the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department.
Various businesses, clubs and organizations decorate themed and lighted floats and entries in the competition and move through downtown along Washington Street to delight the judges, locals and our many visitors.
A. Seymour’s Favorite Firetruck, Ol Granny! She lights up on Christmas just like those young whippersnappers.
B. Christmas Parade…..this was the 1st place winner….Girl Scout troups of Seymour.
C. Grand Marshall Santa and Mrs Clause riding the Fire Truck.
D. The Seymour High School Football Pathers just want the State Championship for Christmas…
E. The Seymour High School Band performs during the Firemen’s Hamburger Feed.
F. The Volunteer Firemen cooking for the annual Hamburger Feed that raises money for their Christmas Toys for Tots Campaign.
G. Mitch Morris from Seymour’s local radio station KSEY has a live interview with volunteer Fireman Sid Winn regarding the Fireman’s Hamburger Feed and the Christmas events surrounding the Toys for Tots Campaign.
H. The Firemen always have a great turn out for the annual Hamburger Feed for their Christmas Toys for Tots Campaign.