The Carthage Maple Leaf committee has selected Bill Haughawout as the Grand Marshal for the 51st Maple Leaf Festival in 2017.

The Carthage Maple Leaf committee has selected Bill Haughawout as the Grand Marshal for the 51st Maple Leaf Festival in 2017.

The nominations read in part “He is 95 and active. He is a Navy veteran born and raised in Carthage.” “Bill is an outstanding Carthage guy!” “He has lived in Carthage his entire life. He was the owner of Uke’s Tire and Sporting Goods which was a fine Carthage business. He served his community by being an officer of Rotary Club, Park Board, Carthage Historic Preservation, and Chamber of Commerce.” “Bill is a one of a kind man, native of Carthage, proud to live here, and served in the Navy to protect his country, the people he loves, and the place he grew up.”

“Every year we receive so many nominations of such deserving, beloved, and respected community members who have made significant contributions to Carthage throughout their lives,” said Maple Leaf Committee Chairwoman Jeanine Poe. “It’s always a difficult choice and this year we are proud to celebrate and honor Bill Haughawout with the title of Grand Marshal!”

Each year the Maple Leaf Grand Marshal leads the Maple Leaf Parade and participates in many other Maple Leaf events.

The 51st Annual Maple Leaf Festival has events running the entire month of October including a 5K/10K run, pageants, a dog show, art and music events, car and tractor shows, and tons more.

The Maple Leaf Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 21 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 www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.

For more information, contact Mary Jo at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or mjlittle@carthagechamber.com.