Baldwin Baldwin patrons are gearing up for the last official event of the Eisenhower Centennial Year the 33rd annual Maple Leaf Festival, Saturday and Sunday.
The Maple Leaf Parade, one of the biggest attractions of the festival, will begin its 10-block route through Baldwin, starting at Third and High streets, two blocks off U.S. Highway 56 east of town. Last year's parade drew more than 100 entries including floats, bands, organizations, antique cars, clowns, horses and politicians.
This year's parade theme will be "Maple Leaf Salutes Ike A Five-Star Parade." The first Maple Leaf Queen, Phyllis Barns Kreighbaum, was crowned in 1957 and has been named grand marshal of this year's parade.
Other festival highlights include a downtown cookout, quilt show, Midland Railway train rides, free bus tours of Baldwin and area historic sites and demonstrations by heritage crafts people. An array of arts and crafts and food booths will line the city's brick streets and fill the junior high school gymnasium at Eighth and Chapel.
The Heartland Story Tellers will perform both days in the Story Tellers Tent at the Old Castle Complex, Fremont and Fifth.
Two art shows will be offered this year: a juried show by the Baldwin Arts Commission in the gazebo on the Baker University campus Saturday, and the Doel Reed show plus an Indian Dress Style Show in Baker University's Parmenter Hall both days.
The Museum of Grassroots Art will have its annual exhibit at the Vinland Grange Hall.