A new set of Maple Leaf royalty was crowned last weekend in pageants on Saturday and Sunday and will reign over the 51st Maple Leaf Festival this week.

A new set of Maple Leaf royalty was crowned last weekend in pageants on Saturday and Sunday and will reign over the 51st Maple Leaf Festival this week.
Young people ages newborn to 18 competed for 10 different crowns in nine pageants held last weekend for a variety of prizes and the opportunity to ride in Saturday's big Maple Leaf Parade.
“Maple Leaf royalty has become a wonderfully integral part of the Maple Leaf festival appearing at many of the week’s events as host and hostesses and will be featured in the Maple Leaf Parade this Saturday,” the Maple Leaf Host Carthage Chamber of Commerce said in a written release.
• The highlight of the weekend was the crowning Sunday evening of the 2017 Maple Leaf Queen, Eboni Saba.
Saba is a Carthage High School student who plans to attend KU and become an occupational therapist.
She has been singing since the day she could talk and both sings and dances in both high school show choirs, Suite Sounds and Sound Wave.
Three girls competed for the crown, with Taylor Hughes and Paige Myers being named to the Queen's court.
Taylor is a member of Link Crew, French Club, Club Interact, FBLA, FCCLA, National Honor Society, Fairview Youth Group, Young Life, and Royal Tigerettes and plans to study international business at Wichita State.
Paige will study musical theatre and public speaking at Baylor and has a passion for dance, performing with the Ovation Studios Performing Company.
Look for these three on television and on radio this week and at the variety of events scheduled throughout the week.
Earlier on Sunday, the pageants were held to crown the Princess and Prince for girls and boys from second grade to eighth grade, and Little Miss and Little Mister for children ages 2 years through first grade.
• The 2017 Maple Leaf Princess is Kandra Adams and the Prince is Kaysar Lines.
• The 2017 Maple Leaf Little Miss is Alexah Mendoza and Little Mister is Kayson Haws.
On Saturday, dozens of parents brought their babies and toddlers to the Carthage R-9 Auditorium for those annual contests. Newborns to one-year old competed for the Maple Leaf Baby crown and ages 1-2 competed for the toddler crown.
• The Maple Leaf baby girl for 2017 is Nevaeh Babcock and the Maple Leaf baby boy was Andrew McDowell.
• The Maple Leaf toddler girl was Amirah Teter and the toddler boy was Archer Lawson.
The 51st annual Maple Leaf parade will be broadcast live on KSN 16-TV and rebroadcast again on Thanksgiving morning.
For more information, contact Neely at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 417-358-2373 or nmyers@carthagechamber.com.