CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Area residents anxious to join in on the Carthage Maple Leaf celebration here may have already gone to a play, seen a quilt exhibit or signed up for a run.
Though the famous parade is not until next Saturday, the 47th annual Maple Leaf festival already has started with a range of events scheduled through the week.
The parade, marching band festival and car show are among the features, with more events added each year to a festival that now stretches over more than two weeks.
The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce is the overall festival sponsor, with an array of committees, groups and individuals that help in the planning.
More than 200 units including 20 bands are scheduled for the parade, billed as the longest in Southwest Missouri.
Featured entries will include parade royalty to be chosen this week and the grand marshal selected earlier -- Carthage businessman Jerry Reither.
The original Batmobile will be a part of the parade, weather permitting, according to Mary Jo Little, of the chamber. The vehicle recently was purchased by a new owner who has a Carthage connection, she said.
The parade also will feature Willie Arthur Smith's Marching Cobras, which will perform later Saturday at the Carthage R-9 Auditorium.
Schedules listing all Maple Leaf activities are available at chamber offices and on the chamber's web site. Little said many people are familiar with Maple Leaf and its traditional activities. But people should expect to be surprised, she said.
"They really need to check the schedule," Little said. "They'll find things they may not know about."
New to the Maple Leaf Festival this year is a model railroad show and swap meet on Saturday at Fairview Christian Church. This is the second year for jazz concert and a Maple Leaf cruise night. This year's cruise will be combined with a sanctioned chili cook-off, both at Best Western Precious Moments Hotel.
Also relatively new to the festival is the Maple Leaf lighting contest to recognize the Carthage home that is best decorated for the fall season. The competition is sponsored by the Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and area residents can see the nominees on the bureaus's Facebook page, said Wendi Douglas, CVB executive director.
"This is our third, yes, and we have a lot more entries this year," she said.
Though scheduled during Maple Leaf weekend and listed on the chamber program, a Civil War re-enactment planned for Kendrick House is not officially part of the celebration, according to Douglas.
The two-day event will close out the Carthage observance of the Civil War sesquicentennial and mark the second battle of Carthage, she said.
"The actual anniversary is in September, and it's a coincidence that it falls on Maple Leaf weekend. It was the time the re-enactors had in their schedule," she said.
Sponsored by the Battle of Carthage, Inc., the program will include a Civil War encampment, living history, infantry and artillery demonstrations at the historic Kendrick House on North Garrison and V Highway. Hours will be 4 p.m. to dark on Friday and 8 a.m. to dark on Saturday.
Schedule of events
- Maple Leaf Lighting Contest, day and evening until 10 p.m. Nominate favorite residential decorator by call, email or Facebook. Nominations accepted until Oct. 16.
- Precious Moments Women's Boutique, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Precious Moments Chapel, 4321 Chapel Road.
- "Two Friends Painting," noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, artCentral Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th St., oil painting exhibit featuring John Mills, of Neosho and Larry Clingman, of Bixby, Okla.
Through Oct. 13
- Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist," Stone's Throw Dinner Theater, 2466 Old 66 Blvd., 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Through Oct. 20
- Maple Leaf Quilt Show, Powers Museum, 1617 W. Oak St., Traveling exhibit of Route 66 mini quilts, and contemporary local quilts in transportation and fall season themes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.
Friday, Oct. 11
- Evening of Jazz, 6 p.m., Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison, Crowder Jazz Orchestra, pre-event mixer with wine and hors d'oeuvres.
Saturday, Oct. 12
- Maple Leaf 5K, 10K Run, 9 a.m. to noon, Fair Acres Family YMCA, 2500 S. Grand Ave.
Sunday, Oct. 13
- Little Miss and Mister Maple Leaf Pageant, 3:30 p.m., Carthage R-9 Auditorium.
- Junior Miss and Princess Maple Leaf competition, 4 p.m. Carthage R-9 Auditorium.
- Maple Leaf Queen pageant, 7 p.m., Carthage R-9 Auditorium.
Monday, Oct. 14
- Maple Leaf Baby Pageant, 6 p.m., Carthage R-9 Auditorium, 714 S. Main.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
- Maple Leaf Toddler Pageant, 6 p.m. Carthage R-9 Auditorium, 714 S. Main.
- Fifth Annual Maple Leaf Wine and Beer Tasting, TC's Liquor, 321 E. Airport, sampling of wines, spirits and seasonal beers, must be 21 years old.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
- Fourth annual Maple Leaf Plein Aire Paintout, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cherry's Custom Framing and Art Gallery, 310 Howard St. Event is a two-day painting event with art show and sale at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
- Maple Leaf Lunch and Stroll, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phelps House.
- Maple Leaf Gospel Sing, 7 p.m., Carthage R-9 Auditorium, 714 S. Main.
Thursday, Oct. 17
- Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Competition, 7 p.m., Carthage R-9 Auditorium, 714 S. Main.
- Maple Leaf Wine and Beverage Festival, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mazoo Discount Liquor, 2506 S. Grand. Wine and beverage tasting, must be 21 to attend.
Friday, Oct. 18
- Carthage in the Civil War, Shelby's Ride, 4 p.m. to dark, living history of Carthage and Kendrick House, infantry and artillery demonstrations.
- Maple Leaf Cruise Night, 6 p.m., Best Western Precious Moments Hotel, 2701 Hazel St.
- Maple Leaf Chili Fest, 6 p.m., Best Western Precious Moments Hotel, 2701 Hazel St. Event is a CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off.
Saturday, Oct. 19
- Maple Leaf Parade, 9 p.m., starting on the Carthage square.
- Maple Leaf Kids' Corner, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., northeast corner of the square. Event includes inflatables, climbing wall, rides, games, face painting.
- Maple Leaf Car Show, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CMC Complex, Fairview and Grand. Event features 26 classes with awards in each class, swap meet, food vendor on grounds, shuttle to downtown.
- Carthage in the Civil War, Shelby's Ride, 8 a.m. to dark, living history re-enactment, infantry and artillery demonstrations, sponsored by the Battle of Carthage, Inc., Kendrick House, North Garrison and V Highway.
- Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet, 9 .m to 3 p.m., Fairview Christian Church, 2320 S. Grand, sponsored by Southwest Missouri Railroad association.
- Brats on the Square, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Carthage Rotary Club, south courthouse lawn.
- Willie Arthur Smith's Marching Cobras, 2 p.m., Carthage R-9 Auditorium, 714 Main St.
- Maple Leaf dog show, 2 p.m., east side of the Carthage Square.
- Annie's Annual Sips and Bits, noon to 4 p.m. Annie's 116 W. Third St. Event features food and wine tasting.
- Celtic Wine Fest, noon to 5 p.m. White Rose Winery, 13001 Journey Road. Event features wine tasting, grape stomping, cork bobbing and costume contest.
- Maple Leaf Marching Band Festival, 1 to 10 p.m., K.E. Baker Football Stadium, 13th Street and River Avenue. Finals competition begins about 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20
- Maple Leaf K-9 Leap and Dash, 2 p.m. Jasper County Fairgrounds inside Municipal Park, 358-2373.
- Music, Magic & Mirth, 2 p.m. Powers Museum, 1617 Oak St. Event features a great American Medicine Show presented by minstrel and magician Professor Farquar.