Celebrating Fall: Annual Maple Leaf Festival is this weekend
On the third weekend in October every year, crowds descend on Baldwin City in southern Douglas County for the annual Maple Leaf Festival. The festival’s official Web site and committee provides answers to questions about the event.
Q: When was the first Maple Leaf Festival?
A: Started in 1958, the Maple Leaf Festival began as a community event inspired by Dr. Ivan Boyd, a biology professor at Baker University.
Q: Why is the festival on the third weekend in October
A: Boyd noted that the third weekend in October was the optimum time to view the changing colors of the maple leaves in the area and the perfect time to celebrate the successful harvest.
Q: What, besides celebrating the fall foliage, occurs at the festival?
A: The Maple Leaf Festival prides itself on offering a wide variety of handmade crafts from across the country. Booths line the main streets of town, Eighth and High, and populate the local fire house. Craft booths (both indoor and outdoor) are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Arts and crafts booth items are restricted to hand-made arts and crafts only.
Q: Is there a parade?
A: Yes. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Third and High streets and heads west down High Street. There, it will turn north on Sixth Street and continue to the corner of Sixth and Chapel. A kiddie parade at 10:45 a.m. precedes the regular parade.
Q: Is there a carnival?
A: Yes. There is a carnival with rides and amusements that will be open Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday.