Saying Bill Haughowaut is a life-long resident of Carthage is saying something since he's 95 years old.
This veteran of World War II and long-time business and community leader will lead something else on Saturday, Oct. 21 — the 51st Maple Leaf Parade as its Grand Marshal.


Saying Bill Haughowaut is a life-long resident of Carthage is saying something since he's 95 years old.
This veteran of World War II and long-time business and community leader will lead something else on Saturday, Oct. 21 — the 51st Maple Leaf Parade as its Grand Marshal.
The Maple Leaf Festival starts this weekend with pageants for babies and toddlers on Saturday and the Little Miss and Mister, Prince and Princess and Queen pageants on Sunday.
A complete schedule of events and a list of the participants in the Oct. 21 Maple Leaf Parade can be found in section B of this issue of The Carthage Press.

Reluctant honoree
Being Grand Barshal is an honor Haughowaut said he really didn't want, but he'll enjoy it if he has to.
“I didn't want to and I thought I had them talked out of it, then that morning the girls came down and said 'when did you shave last.'” Haughowaut said. “I said I don't know, I'll go shave in a few minutes. I got all through it they said come up to the office. That's when they told me I'd been selected to be grand marshall. They had to have me shave for the picture.”
Maple Leaf Committee Chairwoman Jeanine Poe said the applications nominating Haughowaut were glowing in their descriptions of his contributions to the Carthage community.
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.

Big Parade
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.
Maple Leaf Festival brochures are also available at the Chamber office, 402 S Garrison, and locations throughout the area. Details are also available on the festival website www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.