In the days leading up to the annual Seymour Oktoberfest, carnival rides and food, activity and craft booths begin moving into the downtown.

Vendors decorate their booths and do all of the necessary tasks to be ready for the thousands of people who visit the three-day festival, which is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

But before all of that happens, there are people behind the scenes who take care of the logistics to ensure everything is safe and clean. That work continues during and after the festival.

The Seymour Oktoberfest board works nearly year-round planning the festival.

Then the week of the festival, the board receives help from the Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department, Seymour Police Department, Seymour Fire Department, other city departments and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in the setup and cleanup processes.

Kay Schwade, chairwoman of the festival board, said a lot of credit goes to the 20-member board and the city departments.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7080.