SENECA — Countless parade participants made their way down Seneca's Main Street on Saturday during the annual Seneca's Little Town, Big Boom! This year, Seneca celebrated its 150th anniversary with a parade, vendors, food, a mini-museum of the town's history and fireworks.

SENECA — Countless parade participants made their way down Seneca's Main Street on Saturday during the annual Seneca's Little Town, Big Boom! This year, Seneca celebrated its 150th anniversary with a parade, vendors, food, a mini-museum of the town's history and fireworks.
One of the parade participants was Mylee Skaggs, almost 15.
"This is my first time participating in the parade," she said. "I have watched the parade in the past. I wanted to participate just for a little more participants, so it would be a little longer and more fun."
Skaggs decorated a golf cart with red, white and blue decorations and was close to the head of the line.
"To participate in the parade, it is important because it has always been a tradition, so I think that it is pretty cool to be able to be in it," she said.
Skaggs enjoys the town's history and growing up in the town.
"It has been pretty eventful (for Seneca being 150 years), but I don't think that I would rather live anywhere else," she said. "One thing that I have learned (about Seneca) is I like looking back at old pictures, you can see all of the old buildings and the past between them. And looking at it now it is way different. I just think that of how people are going to see that and they are going to think that this looks old."
History of Seneca
According to the Seneca Area Chamber of Commerce's website, "Seneca has a long history starting with the discovery of the beautiful valley which contained two natural water ways, rolling hills, lush foliage and a peaceful atmosphere. The settlers soon realized the natural treasure they had discovered. By the time Missouri became a state in 1821 the valley was already known by the name 'Seneca.' This is an Indian name which means 'Keeper of the door.' Seneca has always had a rich history. The Frisco Railroad (now Burlington-Northern) runs through the Lost Creek Valley (Seneca). The railway was the life line to settlers who traveled west-ward. Seneca was the last town before you entered Indian Territory. Because of this it has been  nick-named 'Little Town On The Border.' The Frisco Railroad ended at Indian Territory (what know is the Oklahoma state line)."
As Skaggs and others made their way down the street, the parade participants threw candy as the crowd of spectators applauded them.