Carthage
Mo

October 2021

55th
Annual

2021 Theme: "FALL INTO CARTHAGE"

Should floats and other entries in the Maple Leaf Parade be permitted to hand out candy and other edible items?

Only one submission per person will be counted.

*Required

2021 Calendar of Events

Festival Downloads


Festival Applications

Maple Leaf 2021 Arts & Crafts Vendor Application

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Maple Leaf 2021 Commercial Vendor Application

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Maple Leaf 2021 Concession Vendor Application

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Maple Leaf 2021 Non-Profit Vendor Application

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Brochure Application

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Maple Leaf 2021 Parade Application

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Parade Information

The 2020 Official Maple Leaf Festival Parade has been suspended until 2021.

 

 

Festival History

Beginning in 1966 as a marching band competition, the annual Maple Leaf Festival took its name from Mother Nature’s array of glorious fall colors. Every year, the city of Carthage proudly welcomes 80,000+ visitors to this wonderful fall celebration.

Every year, on the 3rd Saturday of October, the biggest day of the festival begins with the largest parade in Southwest Missouri. This keystone event begins at 9 a.m. and ends around noon. The parade begins on the Historic Square and ends at the Carthage Jr. High.

Events are scheduled throughout the day including the band festival, art & crafts vendors, car and tractor shows, wine tasting, quilt show, food vendors, and live entertainment.

The month of October is filled with activities including art and museum exhibits, lobster boil, bike tour, carnival, evening 5K, beauty pageants, dog show, chicken pageant, gospel sing, cruise-in, costume ball, and a lip-sync competition. Celebrating its 53rd year in 2019, the Maple Leaf Festival welcomes you.

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