Archive for Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Maple Leaf Festival briefs

October 8, 2014

Four Baker professors started Maple Leaf Festival 57 years ago

Four Baker University professors, Ivan Boyd, Charles Doudna, C.R. Whitley and Bill Horn, were credited with founding the Maple Leaf Festival in 1957.

Biology professor Boyd also helped choose the third full weekend in October as the festival's date because his research showed that was when the town's maple trees were near their peak fall foliage display.

"My dad started recording when the trees would turn color and in the 1950s they were pretty consistently the third weekend," Ivan Boyd's son Roger Boyd told The Baldwin City Signal in a 2007 story on the festival's 50th anniversary. "He also noticed that even though there was a peak, and we might miss it on occasion, there were always some early trees and late trees — so, it would work out."

The weekend was also selected because there were no other activities going on that weekend.

Beer garden to open downtown on festival Saturday

A beer garden will once again give the Maple Leaf Festival a Oktoberfest feel.

Beer gardens were a feature of the festival for the first time two years ago when a now-closed restaurant and Baldwin Soccer Supporters offered them.

The Baldwin Soccer Supporters’ beer garden will again be open behind the renovated two-story brick building from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday behind the northwest corner of Sixth and High streets.

Festival parade participants banned from throwing candy

It is forbidden for Maple Leaf Festival Parade participants to throw candy from on foot or horseback, from a vehicle or from a float. Those who violate the rule will be denied entry into the 2015 parade.

Maple Leaf Run to be held festival Saturday

The Maple Leaf Run will again be held during Maple Leaf Festival Saturday at the Baldwin City Golf Course, 1500 South St. in Baldwin City. The event, which will benefit the Baldwin High School wrestling team, will include a 5K adult run and kids run. Medals will be awarded in adult events for top male and female finishers overall and in seven age groups. Trophies will be awarded to the top two boys and girls overall finishers and in three different age groups.

The cost is $20. Registrations can be mailed to Kit Harris, 301 Blaze Blvd., Baldwin City, KS, 66006

Registration for the event will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m.; all events start at 8 a.m.


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