|Started in the late 1960's
as a marching band competition, the annual Maple Leaf
Festival received its name thanks to Mother Nature.
Every year, surrounded by an array of glorious fall
colors, the city of Carthage proudly welcomes 80,000+
visitors to this wonderful fall celebration.
Every year, on the third Saturday of October, the
biggest day of the festival begins with the largest
parade in Southwest Missouri. This keystone event begins
at 9 a.m. and ends around noon. The parade route begins
on the Carthage Historic Square and ends at the Carthage
Online Entry Deadline Oct 3
- PARADE ONLY: A 2.5 mile beautiful route lined
with thousands of people.
- PARADE AND PRELIMS ONLY: Bands in this option
are eligible for Parade trophies, Trophies from
Prelims, and the Sweepstakes Trophy.
- PRELIMS ONLY: For bands who want to receive
ratings and critiques. Bands are eligible for all
- PRELIMS AND FINALS: For bands who are looking
for a ranked event. These bands will be eligible for
Prelim Trophies and possible placement in the
evening Final Competition.
- PARADE, PRELIMS, AND FINALS: For the bands who
want to “go for it all”. Awards eligibility includes
all of the above.