38th Annual Carthage Maple Leaf Car Show & Cruise Night Fast Facts
—Oct. 19-20, 2018 – Carthage, Missouri
—Carthage Maple Leaf Car Show & Cruise Night
—Cruise Night – Friday, Oct. 19 on historic Carthage square, 302 South Main, 6-9 pm
—The 38th Annual Maple Leaf Car Show is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 am-5 pm (Pre-registration is $10 and $15 after Oct. 1. Free to the public. Twenty-seven classes, 81 trophies)
—The Swap Meet & Car Corral is Friday, Oct. 19, from 12-6 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 am-5 pm at CMC on the corner of Grand and Fairview avenues, 1900 South Grand Ave.
—Car Show Info: Contact Larry – 417.825.6773 or Alan – 620.856.2020
—Swap Meet: $25, Car Corral: $5. Contact Randy – 417.850.5933
—Register at www.mapleleafcarshow.com
—Email [email protected], or follow on Facebook at Maple Leaf Car Show

Revving Up for the 38th Annual Car Show in Conjunction with Maple Leaf Festival

All those who have an interest in automobiles will enjoy the 38th annual Carthage, Missouri, Maple Leaf Car Show & Cruise Night taking place later this month.
According to Larry Cleary, who has been involved with this event for more than 25 years and took charge of spearheading it all in 2010, “Cruise Night is Friday, October 19 from 6 pm to 9 pm around the (Carthage) square.
“The Car Show will be Saturday, October 20, from 8 am until 5 pm. The Swap Meet and Car Corral will be Friday, October 19, from 12 until 6 pm and Saturday, October 20, from 8 am to 5 pm.”
Cleary said in the car show there will be “27 classes with 81 trophies for first, second and third place. Participants vote, but not for their own class.”
There are wide-ranging types of vehicles sure to feature dazzling details for all those local car enthusiasts and the many visitors who converge to Carthage for the magnificent Maple Leaf Festival.
In providing a small glimpse of the variety on display, Cleary said there’s popularity amongst groups such as the “Under 21 (age division) who own their own cars to have some motivation for kids to come out to the car show.
“There’s street rods that are 1948 or older and include modern drive-train, automatic windows, etc. And, there’s originals for guys who restore their cars that are 1964 and older or 1965 and newer.”
Along with the car show, Cleary said the “swap meet is basically for vendors who want to sell auto parts and includes non-profit organizations as well. The car corral is for anyone who has a car and wants to sell it.”
It takes a whole lot of people to help ensure an event of this magnitude to be successful, and Cleary said, “There are dozens of volunteers on our committee.
“Everyone gets assigned duties to help with door prizes, the car corral, swap meet and a whole lot more.”
While Cleary didn’t necessarily want to leave anyone out by mentioning everyone who has played a part in helping pull this together, he lauded his wife, Marilyn, and Debbie Wooldridge for their much-appreciated assistance.