Seymour locals have a welcome respite from urban life in the form of the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established in the 1960s to provide migrating waterfowl with a safe place to rest and feed on their journeys. The refuge covers more than 7,000 acres of wetland, forest, and grassland that provides a home for numerous birds and other animals. There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the refuge, such as hunting for deer, rabbits, and turkeys during hunting season, fishing for bass and catfish, or simply hiking through the refuge's many hiking trails and viewing the scenery.
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Arts education and appreciation are no strangers to Seymour thanks to the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts. The center's mission is to help educate people about the arts and provide for art exhibitions to further the enjoyment of arts. Located in a house donated by musician John Mellencamp, the center's building is itself an homage to the arts with its Greek Revivalist architecture. The house's homey feeling makes its exhibition spaces all the more pleasant, with works by local artists always on display. The center puts on a number of classes, with a special focus on the art of antique printing.
Every fall the citizens of Seymour enjoy getting together and raising their steins at the Seymour Oktoberfest, one of the biggest festivals in the whole state. The festival has something for everyone, with delicious food and beer in massive quantities as well as a number of events such as a 5-kilometer run/walk, a baking contest, and a parade. Of course, there are such Bavarian specialties as a bratwurst eating contest, too, and no shortage of drink in the biergarten. With plenty of music, clogging, and even a hot air balloon race, no one should miss out on the Seymour Oktoberfest.