March 5th, 2018

Create the Official Maple Leaf Artwork Featuring the Winning Theme – “Magic of Maple Leaf”

Planning for the 52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival, hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, is underway. This year’s theme will be “Magic of Maple Leaf” submitted by both Kim Jones and Corinne Waggoner. Committee Chair Jeanine Poe says “Maple Leaf season is such a magical time in Carthage, from the beauty of our town and the festival’s namesake leaves, to the feelings of excitement and tradition that run through our residents near and far, our visitors, and our guests. We are excited to see how our business community and community will celebrate the magic of this year’s festival with their floats, decorations, get-togethers and festival participation this year!”

The planning committee is now accepting entries for the Maple Leaf Artwork Contest to select the official graphic design for the festival. The committee looks forward to artwork and float entries depicting this year’s theme. The selected art will be included in all coordinating marketing, including the official brochure, festival shirts and web marketing, for the annual city celebration set for October 2018 in Carthage. Parade entries, booth vendors, event contestants, and other Maple Leaf Festival participants are encouraged to incorporate the theme into all parts of this year’s festivities.

Guidelines for submitting artwork:
- Submitted artwork must be no larger than 11” X 17”.
- Digital artwork is accepted (JPEG and PDF format only with a minimum output of 600 dpi).
- Non-digital pieces must be submitted on white paper (no 3-D images, sculptures or animated entries will be accepted).
- For maximum reproduction quality, vivid colors are encouraged. A limited color version will be developed with artist input for garment printing.
- All entries should incorporate images representing Carthage, the Maple Leaf Festival and this year’s theme.
- Winning entries become the property of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

All entries must be received by the Chamber office by Saturday, March 31, 2018. For more information, contact Mary Jo at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or

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