"People locally and from all over the area come for this," James Coltharp, executive director of Seymour's Chamber of Commerce, said.
The lawn mower and Go-Kart races are not the only entertaining events at the Autumn Leaves Festival. But it is a favorite. "These people are fanatics.They spend small fortunes on Go-Kart racing," Coltharp
said."Don't ask me what the thrill is, but it is a thrill." A woman from Big Springs called earlier this week asking for the details about the contest.She
said racing lawn mowers is a good hobby for middle-aged men. "She
said 'at least it's not a red Corvette or a young blonde that they are putting their time into,'" Coltharp
said. There are four locations for the Texas/Oklahoma Go-Kart Championship Series.Seymour is one of the contest stops. The lawn mowers and Go-Kart races start at 10 a.m. one block from Main Street on Saturday. Another highlight of the festival is the International Barbecue Cookers Association
sanctioned cook-off.Judging will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is $3,000 in prize money just waiting for a winner, Coltharp
said. "We have cookers from everywhere coming.It's a good one," he
said. The competitive bakers of Baylor County will be competing in the pie contest at 1 p.m.There is a cream pie and fruit pie categories. "It's a chance to find out who makes the best pie in Baylor County," Coltharp
said. There is also a scarecrow contest and cow patty bingo for everyone. "It's a riot," Coltharp
said. The Baylor County Courthouse Square will be filled with craft and food vendors.Some the vendors traveling to town include a hand stitching quilt maker and marionette craftsman. "It's a fun day to roam around, meet and greet your neighbors," Coltharp
said."The whole purpose is a community wide effort to celebrated the season."
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