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All ages are welcome to participate in the 1-mile and 10k races which begin at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum. Also, festival-goers can enjoy artists' booths, live entertainment, food, and free children's activities on the museum grounds.
Started in the late 1960s as a marching band competition, the annual Maple Leaf Festival received its name thanks to Mother Nature. Every year, surrounded by an array of glorious fall colors, the city of Carthage proudly welcomes 80,000+ visitors to this wonderful fall celebration. Currently in its 48th year, the Maple Leaf Festival offers family style fun in a home town atmosphere.
On the third Saturday of October, the biggest day of the festival begins with one of the largest parades in southwest Missouri. This keystone event begins at 9 a.m. and ends around noon. The parade route begins on the Carthage Historic Square and ends at the Carthage Middle School.
Numerous events are scheduled throughout the day to entertain young and young at heart, including: Willie Arthur Smith's Marching Cobras; an art and crafts festival; car and dog shows; quilt show; food vendors; and live entertainment.
The rest of the festival is filled with a variety of activities, including: a 5K/10K; beauty pageants; baby and toddler contests; dog skill competition; a gospel sing; and a lip-syncing competition.
The New Madrid Fall Festival will be held in conjunction with the Bass Pro Big Cat Quest on October 4, 2014. This combined event will feature a 5K run/walk, car truck and bike show, beauty pageant, petting zoo, youth fishing tournament, arts and craft vendors, food, music, and the Rendezvous on the River, an 1840's mountain man event. The catfish tournament weigh-in will begin around 4 p.m. Most events will be on Main Street.
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