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Every small purchase makes a big difference, and the Community Development for the City of Seymour is working hard to make sure local businesses feel that difference. 

The holiday season is always full of festive activities, foods and of course shopping. “Shop Seymour this Christmas” event starts Saturday, Nov. 20. 

This event will encourage residents to shop local and support small businesses. Terry Penner, Seymour’s Community Development Director certainly hopes so.“We have many businesses in town and honestly you would never have to leave our area to purchase a gift,” said Penner.

To encourage shoppers, Seymour businesses banned together to offer discounts, deals and prizes to its customers. 

“We have a lot of businesses in town that are going to do special promotions,” explained Penner. “All the boutiques and antique stores have partnered together to do a Christmas Open House Market. A lots of great specials are going on during this time period. You are going to find extra rewards for shopping locally.”

The city created an incentive to encourage the local shopping.

“We have a big raffle drawing,” said Penner. “Every $25 dollars spent locally will earn one entry. We collected prizes from local businesses and currently have 65 prizes. The only requirement to do to enter is spend money in the Seymour area.”

The prizes range from businesses all around the 417 area. Winners could receive tickets to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a $50 gift card to Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., a free grooming from Ruff Around the Edges and many more prizes. To be entered, a receipt from a purchase must be brought into city hall. The “Shop Seymour” promotion runs from Nov. 20-Dec. 9.

Festive films will also play at the Historic Owen Theater. Five Christmas films will start at 8am and play throughout the day. Movie goers should expect to see “The Grinch”, “A Christmas Story” and more. All films are free to the public.

Additionally, the City Park Board will offer chili to the public. The chili comes at no cost. However, the Park Board will accept donations to help repair damaged playground equipment. All money raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Seymour’s Dynamite Fireworks.

The evening of the Shop Seymour, the Seymour Elementary Choir and Seymour High School band will perform in the gazebo at 4:30pm.

“They are going to perform different Christmas songs, sing along  and at 5:30 pm we are going to light our Christmas tree in the park,” added Penner. “We are going to choose a special person to light the tree.”

The honor of lighting the tree will go to one lucky individual who is either a Seymour resident or customer of Seymour Electric. Those fitting the qualifications must register at Seymour City Hall.

For more information about the Shop Seymour event, visit seymourmissouri.org or follow their Facebook event “Shop Seymour this Christmas” for updates.

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