September 18th, 2017

Maple Leaf is SO Close!

From where I sit, I can see the tops of the Police Department trees starting to change colors. That means fall and THAT means Maple Leaf is right around the corner. By now, unless there is some secret underground bunker that festival news can’t penetrate, most everyone in the area has heard of the Maple Leaf Festival. Hopefully, you probably know that the parade, art and craft show, car show, and fair food all fall on the third Saturday of October. And you probably even know that after the morning and early afternoon festivities, the marching band festival will celebrate their first year’s competition in the brand NEW R-9 Sports Complex, BUT, did you know that there are events running throughout the month of October (and even the day before the calendar flips to October) with some big events happening in the week before, and on, the big day?

Are you a chocolate lover? What a silly question. Who doesn’t love chocolate?!? Join the Carthage Senior Healthcare Alliance on Saturday, September 30, 4-7 PM at the Fair Acres Family YMCA for “Everything Chocolate through the Decades”. For only $10 per person, $5 for seniors and military, you will get your fill of gourmet chocolate tasting. All proceeds will benefit the Carthage Senior Citizen Center and Local Meals on Wheels.

The Powers Museum is introducing what promises to be a fascinating, informational look at several historical sites around town with the Carthage History Sampler Program & Mini Walk. Enjoy a slide program on the Digital Carthage Project and a brief walking tour of selected sites from the library to the historic Carthage Square on Saturday, October 14 at 10:30 AM. Call 237-0456 for more information.

Maple Leaf is bringing the circus back after many years off. The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus will perform two shows at 4:30 and 7:30 on Tuesday, October 17th. If that’s not enough family fun for you and your littles, the carnival is also back after a VERY enthusiastic reception at last year’s festival. Wednesday-Saturday the 18th-21st, check out the rides, attractions, and traditional carnival midway at Fair Acres Park.

The Maple Leaf Quilt Show has a new location and new look. Stop by Game On at 4th and Maple between Noon-5 after the parade on Saturday, October 21 to enjoy an exhibit of quilts ranging from antique to modern, nature to sports, wildlife to babies, and so much more.
Of course, these are just a drop in the giant, overflowing bucket of the many goings on that you will want to take advantage of during festival season. Log on to to get a full calendar of events. Happy festival season!

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