CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage Chamber of Commerce along with the Maple Leaf Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Grand Marshal for the 56th Annual Maple Leaf Festival, presented by Mercy Hospital Carthage, Mr. Roger Williams.
Mr. Williams served with the Carthage Fire Department more than 40 years, beginning his career in 1978 and retiring as Fire Chief in December of 2021. A lifelong Carthage resident, he graduated from Carthage High School in 1975 and devoted his life and career to providing service in the community and honoring it with much respect and compassion. Williams has served in many roles with the Maple Leaf festivities, leading the parade with the Police, many years helping with the Maple Leaf Pancake Feed and making sure everyone was safe during this major community event.
“I am very humbled and truly honored by the fact that people thought of me as a good choice for the Grand Marshal,” said Williams, “it’s just another shining example why Carthage is a great place to live,” he added.
“We are truly excited to honor Mr. Williams to serve as our Maple Leaf Grand Marshal,” said Julie Reams, Carthage Chamber of Commerce President. “His dedication for over 43 years of service to the Carthage community certainly deserves to be recognized.”
The 56th Annual Maple Leaf Festival Parade, presented by Mercy Carthage Hospital will be held on Saturday, October 15th at 9am. This annual tradition will go back to its original format/route, going around the square and then following the same route it has followed for over 50 years - almost two miles. Parade applications are currently being accepted and can be found on the Chamber's website at www.carthagechamber.com or by calling the Chamber at 417-358-2373.