Maple Leaf Festival

Baldwin City girl injured at Maple Leaf Festival when fire-suppressant canister activates
October 23, 2015
An 8-year-old girl who was playing in the back of a Bradley fighting vehicle at the Maple Leaf Festival Sunday received first-degree burns when at least one fire suppressant canister discharged and sprayed her, officials told the Lawrence Journal-World.
Cool weather ‘perfect’ for Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival
October 17, 2015
Baldwin City — As the last marchers in the hourlong Maple Leaf Festival Parade were making the north turn at Sixth and High streets at noon Saturday, Sherry Johnson was taking a final minute of rest. “It’s coming,” she said. “Once the parade’s over, they’ll be here.”
City puts many hours into transforming Baldwin City for Maple Leaf Festival
October 15, 2015
Baldwin City Public Works employees won’t have much time the second week in October for routine maintenance tasks. The week before the Oct. 16, 17 and 18 Maple Leaf Festival the city’s public work employees will take the lead in transforming Baldwin City from a college town of about 5,000 into a destination shopping mecca that attracts from 30,000 to 40,000 visitors.
Maple Leaf Quilt Guild to give quilt to veteran at annual show
October 15, 2015
Of the Maple Leaf Festival’s many associated activities, few are as long-standing as the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild’s Quilt annual quilt show.
Baker baseball team hits Maple Leaf homerun with Cherrito’s meats
October 15, 2015
The Maple Leaf Festival offers visitors plenty of opportunities to satisfy their hunger. There are food stands offering the usual festival fair of funnel cakes, kettle corn, walking tacos, brats, barbecue, hamburgers and the always popular turkey legs from Baker University’s Kappa Sigma fraternity. The most visually striking food booth is that of the Baker University baseball team, located just east of the Baldwin City Post Office on Seventh Street.
Baldwin City is ready for Maple Leaf weekend
October 13, 2015
Many attending the 58th annual Maple Leaf Festival this weekend would probably finish this year’s open-ended theme of “Baldwin City is …” with some reference to the festival. With the October event drawing from 30,000 to 40,000 when weather cooperates, it’s safe to assume many think of Baldwin City as home of the Maple Leaf Festival.
Maple Leaf Festival grand marshal honored for work with festival, Lumberyard Arts Center
October 13, 2015
This weekend, the Lumberyard Arts Center will be filled with Maple Leaf Festival arts and crafts booths. There was a watercolor class Tuesday afternoon and Baldwin City PEO meeting that evening. Artists will gather to work on their art during an open studio Thursday afternoon, and a showing of the art of the late Tom Russell overflows from the gallery into the main courtyard. All that activity is what Sandy Cardens envisioned when she had the inspiration 13 years ago to convert the closing Baldwin Lumber Company into a community arts center.
Baldwin City downtown businesses look forward to festival crowds
October 13, 2015
Stan Herd is impressed with the foresight of the four Baker University professors who founded the Maple Leaf Festival in 1957. “Those guys had an idea, and that continues to have a positive impact for retailers in the community,” said Herd, co-owner of Antiques on the Prairie, 520 High St.
Beautiful Baldwin City weather contibutes to successful Maple Leaf Festival
12:54 a.m., October 20, 2014 Updated 12:54 a.m.
At mid-afternoon Sunday, a shopped-out Mary MacIntosh was sitting on an Eighth Street curb, waiting for a second wind before attacking the Maple Leaf Festival. The Sedalia, Mo., woman said it was her first visit to Baldwin City and the festival she’d never heard of until last week.
Fine weather swells Maple Leaf Festival crowd
October 18, 2014
With beautiful fall weather, crowds “swarmed” Saturday to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City.
Baldwin City transforms for festival
October 17, 2014
Only a few final details remain in the yearly process of transforming Baldwin City from a quiet university town to the host of an annual fall festival that draws crowds of from 30,000 to 40,000.
Grand marshal honored to be part of ‘quality event’
October 15, 2014
Ted Zuzzio is honored that his name is associated with the this year’s Maple Leaf Festival. The Maple Leaf Festival Committee named the longtime teacher and coach in the Baldwin school district as year’s Maple Leaf Festival Parade grand marshal. It’s a special honor, Zuzzio said, because of the festival’s place in the community and its well-earned reputation.
2014 Maple Leaf Festival Committee Scholarship winners plan medical careers
October 14, 2014
The Maple Leaf Festival Committee will help two Baldwin High School students study for future careers in medicine. This year’s Maple Leaf Festival scholars are BHS seniors Gunther Wehrman and Corey Valentine.
Midland Railway plans to rob, scare festival weekend riders
October 9, 2014
Midland Railway is making plans to scare and rob any shopped-out Maple Leaf Festival visitors making their way west on High Street to the excursion line. Allen Kinsley, Midland Railway treasurer, said Midland has two special rides planned for Maple Leaf weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the railway will once again offer its Maple Leaf train robberies.
Kappa Sigma festival food stand to return with popular turkey legs
October 9, 2014
Sean Driskill says he was not prepared two years ago for how popular the Kappa Sigma turkey leg stand is at the Maple Leaf Festival, despite advanced warnings from his older fraternity brothers. A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Driskill never attended the Maple Leaf Festival and had no idea how the Baldwin City he knew in his first two months as a Baker University student would transform the third full weekend in October.