August 5th, 2016

Betty Bell to serve as 50th Maple Leaf Festival Grand Marshal

The Maple Leaf committee has selected Betty Bell as the 2016 Maple Leaf Grand Marshal.

Nominations read in part “Betty Bell has been active in Carthage for many years. She was a teacher in Eugene Field and Fairview Schools for 16 years. She taught Junior High Home Economics for 10 years. After retiring she substituted for 22 years.” “She was active in Little Theatre and was a strong leader in establishing Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre west of Carthage.” “Betty is active in Carthage Musical Devotees, Council on the Arts, and Board of Stone’s Throw.” “In the past she served on the Library Board and helped establish Powers Museum.”

Maple Leaf Chair Jeanine Poe added “The Maple Leaf committee receives many nominations of respected community members who have made significant contributions to Carthage every year. It was a hard choice and we are proud to honor Betty Bell with the title this year!” Each year the Maple Leaf Grand Marshal leads the Maple Leaf Parade, acts as judge at the Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Competition, and participates in many other Maple Leaf events.

The 50th Annual Maple Leaf Festival has events running the entire month of October including a 5K/10K run and 3K color walk/run, pageants for all ages, including a special Mr. and Mrs. Charity pageant in honor of the 50th anniversary, a dog show, art and music events, car and tractor shows, and tons more. The Maple Leaf Parade will be Saturday, October 15th, beginning its route on the historic downtown Square. Food, art/craft booths and live entertainment on the Square, the annual Marching Band Festival, and Willie Arthur Smith’s Marching Cobras performing in the auditorium will provide a variety of activity for this year’s attendees. For a full schedule, Maple Leaf Festival brochures are available at the Chamber, 402 S Garrison and locations throughout the area.  Details are also available on the festival website

For more information, contact Mary Jo at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or

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