Maple Leaf Festival

  • When: Sunday, October 17, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Baldwin City, Baldwin City
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: Not available
  • Categories: Community
Started in 1958, the Maple Leaf Festival began as a community event inspired by Ivan Boyd, a biology professor at Baker University. He 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. More than 50 years later, with more than 300 craft exhibits, quilt shows and displays, performing arts, music, unique food items and activities for the family, the Maple Leaf Festival is the biggest fall family event in the area and provides an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to raise funds. Friday, October 15 • Full Carnival - Ride the Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl or try your hand at other attractions. 6 p.m.-10 p.m.. Saturday, Oct. 16 • Arts and Craft Show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., downtown and in the grade school • Parade, 11 a.m. with Kiddie Parade at 10:45 a.m • 5K run at the Golf Course at 8:30 am. For more information email or call 785-594-3481. Download the online registration form now. • Free Country music all day. • Train rides at the historic Santa Fe Depot on West High Street are available from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and leave every hour. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and children. For more information call 913-721-1211 or 785-594-6982 or visit www.midland-ry.org. • Full Carnival, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. • Kids' Zone: Inflatable Obstacle Course, free crafts, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and storytellers as well as other educational and entertaining events. • Over 20 food booths providing a variety delights including Funnel Cake, BBQ, homemade pies, hamburgers and hotdogs. All food booths are run by local churches and non-profit civic organizations Baldwin City area history tours: Black Jack Area sites, 1:30 p.m.; Vinland, 3 p.m. Tours start at Antiques on the Prairie at the corner of 6th Street and High Street. For more information on the Battle of Black Jack, visit www.blackjackbattlefield.org. • The Black Jack cabin, in the roadside park at 2011 N 200th Road (U.S. Highway 56) is open from 9 am-4 pm. Volunteers are on hand to provide tours. Sunday, Oct. 17 • Arts and Craft Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free Country music tent, all day. Gospel music Sun a.m. • Train rides at the historic Santa Fe Depot on West High Street are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and leave every hour. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and children. For more information call 913-721-1211 or 785-594-6982 or visit www.midland-ry.org. • Volkswalk, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. begins at the high school, no fee for the event but participants may pay a fee for a medal and lVV credit. Call 785-233-4385 for more information. • Full Carnival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Kids' Zone: Inflatable Obstacle Course, free crafts, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides as well as other educational and entertaining events. • The Black Jack cabin, in the roadside park at 2011 N 200th Road (U.S. Highway 56) is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are on hand to provide tours. • Over 20 food booths providing a variety delights including Funnel Cake, BBQ, homemade pies, hamburgers and hotdogs. All food booths are run by local churches and non-profit civic organizations • Please remember that companion animals are not allowed at the festival in accordance with Baldwin City Ordinance #1196. Violators will be fined.

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