Slight tweaks made in Maple Leaf Festival booth line ups
There will be a couple of new looks to the famed downtown Maple Leaf Festival craft and food booths for the 50th anniversary year.
For the first time, booths will be going down the center of High Street between Sixth and Eighth streets. There also won't be booths on Seventh Street near the library or in the lumberyard building.
"There will be booths down High Street because we lost booths in front of the library to Kid's Zone," said Sandy Cardens, booth chair for the Maple Leaf Festival Committee. "We also had to place a number of vendors from the lumberyard on the street and since the parade doesn't go down that way anyway, we thought this might work."
The Kid's Zone has long been in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church. It contains the petting zoo along with other amusements. That parking lot will now be used for handicapped parking. The lumberyard is being used as a music venue this year.
This year there are 239 vendors and 308 booths. That's down slightly from last year, but mostly because not as many vendors have multiple booths. But, there's not much change in the number of another Maple Leaf staple -- food booths.
"We have about 21 food booths, including the restaurants," said Cardens. "That is pretty similar to what we had last year."
The number also doesn't include the booths from Chapel Street and inside the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center gym that are run by the Business and Professional Women's club.