CARTHAGE, Mo. —
New events, returning activities and the tried and true traditional offerings will combine for the 45th annual Maple Leaf Festival that starts today.
The Maple Leaf parade, billed as the largest in Southwest Missouri, is not until Saturday, Oct. 15. But the festival begins today with several races and a Carthage High School alumni football game. Events are scheduled through every day of the week, and the festival will end with a Maple Leaf circus on Sunday, Oct. 16.
A circus hasn’t been a part of the Maple Leaf lineup for a number of years, but Neely Myers, membership director of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, said organizers decided to bring it back “to give the festival a great finale.”
“A lot of people come from a long way; this will give them one more activity,” she said.
Performances by the Kelly-Miller Circus are set for 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 16 in Myers Park behind Southwest Missouri Bank.
New to the festival this year is a downtown art walk on Friday and Saturday, and a Kids’ Corner on the courthouse square on Saturday.
This is the first year for the Carthage art walk, in which local artists display and offer their works at venues on the courthouse square. The art walk coincided with Maple Leaf week, so organizers decided to include it as part of the schedule of events, Myers said.
The Kids’ Corner consolidates children’s games and activities in a single place at the northeast corner of the courthouse square.
“In the past, we’ve had inflatables and face painters and other things for children, but we never put them in one area,” Myers said. “We’re doing that this year.”
The festival schedule:
9 a.m. — Maple Leaf 5K run, spring duathlon and more, Fair Acres Family Y.
11 a.m. — Maple Leaf High Heel Race, Fair Acres Family Y.
6 p.m. — 11th annual CHS Alumni football game, K.E. Baker Stadium.
3:30 p.m. — Maple Leaf Little Miss & Mister Pageants, Carthage High School Auditorium.
4 p.m. — Maple Leaf Junior Miss, Maple Leaf Princes pageants, Carthage High School Auditorium.
7 p.m. — Maple Leaf Queen Pageant, Carthage High School Auditorium.
6 p.m. — Maple Leaf Baby Pageant, Carthage R-9 Auditorium.
5-8:30 p.m. — TC’s annual Maple Leaf Wine and Beer Tasting, TC’s Liquor.
6 p.m. — Maple Leaf Toddler Pageant, Carthage High School Auditorium.
11:30-1 p.m. — Maple Leaf Lunch and Stroll, Historic Phelps House.
7 p.m. — Ministerial Alliance Gospel Sing, Carthage High School Auditorium.
5:30-8 p.m. — MaZOO’s Wine and Beverage Tasting, MaZOO’s Liquor.
7 p.m. — Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Competition, Carthage R-9 Auditorium.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. — Brats on the Square.
6-8:30 p.m. — Historic Downtown Art Walk, Carthage square.
8-10 p.m. — Downtown Art Walk After Hours, Koka Art Gallery.
Saturday, Oct. 15
6-11 a.m. — Maple Leaf Pancake Feed, Carthage Fire Department.
7 a.m.-5 p.m. — Maple Leaf Car Show, CMC Complex, Fairview and Grand.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Antique Car and Tractor Show, Carthage Central Park.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Craft and Food Vendors, Carthage square.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Maple Market, Sixth and Main Streets.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Kids’ Corner, northeast corner, Carthage square.
9 a.m. — Maple Leaf Parade, starting on Carthage courthouse square.
10 .m.-1 p.m. — Brats on the Square, Historic Downtown Art Walk, courthouse square.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Celtic Wine Fest, White Rose Winery, 1300 Journey Road.
Noon-10 p.m. — Maple Leaf Marching Band Festival, K.E. Baker Stadium.
Noon-5 p.m. — Annie’s Sips & Bits, Annie’s Epicurean Delights, 116 W. Third St.
1-4 p.m. — Entertainment on the Square, Third and Main streets.
2 p.m. — Willie Arthur Smith’s Marching Cobras, Carthage Chamber Auditorium.
Sunday, Oct. 16
2-5 p.m. — Maple Leaf Circus, in Myers Park, behind Southwest Missouri Bank.
The Carthage Chamber of Commerce oversees Maple Leaf Week activities; a variety of businesses, groups and individuals sponsor Maple Leaf events.