Parade marshals reflect festival roots

The Seymour Oktoberfest Parade co-chairmen, Richard and Kay Schwade, have announced the marshals for the 2012 parade, which will be Saturday. The marshals include two groups of people, both of which were involved with the very first Seymour Oktoberfest 40 years ago.

One group we are recognizing consists of three Jaycee members from that time: Steve Kiel, Bob Zickler and Roger Sutton. The men went to then-Mayor Chris Moritz after having a successful Jaycee booth at the Jackson County Fair in 1972.

They had visited a festival in Tell City and, when they returned, they went to Moritz with the concern that Seymour had nothing in the way of a festival or fair for the people to enjoy.

They suggested that Seymour start a festival called Oktoberfest, reflecting the German heritage of many of our residents.

These three men were chosen to represent all the citizens who wanted this for Seymour. They also represent the many service clubs and groups that immediately made plans to become a part of the festival after the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce took over the responsibility in 1973.

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