Maple Leaf Festival planning in full swing

Members of the CHS marching band perform during the 2018 Maple Leaf Marching Band Festival. David Hoover / Carthage News Online

Planning is well underway for the areas biggest party on the square, the 56th Annual Maple Leaf Festival in Carthage Missouri. The Carthage Chamber of Commerce along with the Maple Leaf Planning Committee has been hard at work to make this year’s festival the best yet!

A couple of major announcements that have been recently decided was the parade route and the car show. “We are very excited to announce that our parade route will go back to its traditional route of going back around the square,” said Julie Reams, Carthage Chamber of Commerce President. Last year’s broke annual tradition by utilizing only one side of the square making the parade a little shorter. “It was very important to the committee and to the Chamber to resume the annual tradition that it had been in 2019,” added Reams.

Another tradition that will be back around the square will be the Friday Night Cruise-In from 5-9pm. The Maple Leaf Car Show Committee is excited to showcase all the cars around the square that allows not only the participants but spectators to enjoy the beauty of what the historic square offers. The traditional Car Show will take place on Saturday, October 15th and the CMR will once again host the show.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Grand Marshal, Parade, all of the Maple Leaf Pageants, Chili Cook-Off, Dog Show and many more. All applications including information on how to become a sponsor can be found on the Carthage Chamber of Commerce website at:


Volunteers are also being sought out during the event, if you would like to volunteer in any capacity. “Volunteers play a big role in our organization for not only our Chamber but to putting this festival on and we need all the help we can get before, during and after the event,” said Ms. Reams. “Anyone wishing to volunteer just need to call us and let us know their availability so we can assign tasks and duties that will fit their schedule.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer may call the Chamber at 417-358-2373.