September 12th, 2019

Maple Leaf 2019 Grand Marshal Announced

The Maple Leaf committee has selected Helen Hill as the 2019 Maple Leaf Grand Marshal. On being advised of her selection, Helen said “Are you kidding me! I am very honored to be asked and I am looking forward to coming back home to visit Carthage and see friends and family.”

Nominations read in part “Helen was the Advertising Manager at The Carthage Press when the Maple Leaf Festival was “dreamed up”……... Helen was a huge creative force and worked tirelessly to help form committees and promote the festival and the various events. She was present at every meeting and every event, constantly promoting, and delivering ideas and spreading her boundless enthusiasm even after working a full day.” and “It’s time to honor the last living founder of the hugely successful Maple Leaf Festival.”

Maple Leaf Co-Chair Alice Chorum said “Every year we receive so many nominations of beloved and integral community members and contributors to the history of our beautiful City and Maple Leaf History. Helen’s history fit so perfectly with this year’s theme.” Maple Leaf Co-Chair Jeanine Poe added “The theme of the Maple Leaf Festival this year is the “Legacy of Maple Leaf” and what better way to celebrate that than with the choice of a Grand Marshal who was a leader in the beginning days of the festival.”

The 53rd Annual Maple Leaf Festival has events running the entire month of October including a 5K run, pageants, a dog show, chili cook-off, Music Under the Maples, art and music events, car and tractor shows, and tons more. The Maple Leaf Parade will be Saturday, October 19th beginning its route on the historic downtown Square. Food, art/craft booths and live entertainment on the Square and the annual Marching Band Festival 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

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