Maple Lake will be the place to be March 13, with the community's 33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival.
The festivities March 13 begin with the annual craft sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maple Lake Elementary gym. A selection of quality items will be offered by area crafters.
The annual Irish Scamper will get underway at 9 a.m., with registration at Maple Lake High School on Highway 55. The 5K run will begin at 11 a.m. on a course through the town. More information on the Scamper can be found at the Web site at www.raceberryjam.com/scamper.
Additional activities this year will include the first birthday of the Maple Lake Library, with treats and displays during the library's hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Grande Day Parade is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. near the city park on Division Street. The parade will head west on Division, south on Maple, and east on First Street back to the city park. This year's Grand Marshals are Maple Lake's veterans.
The coronation of the new Miss Maple Lake will take place at 5 p.m. at the high school gym, with eight candidates competing for the title.
During the day March 13, the Maple Lake Lions' Club will serve Mulligan Stew and other refreshments at the American Legion Club. In addition, other civic organizations, restaurants and businesses will be offering St. Patrick's Day specials.
This year's queen candidates and their sponsors are: Megan Carriveau, Maple Lake Lions and Madigan's Pub and Grill; Meghan Couette, MP Integrated Solutions, Wright Service Center; Amber Davis, American Legion Post 131, River's Precision; Brittany Hancock, First National Bank-Maple Lake; Donna Loch, Jude Vending/Advantage Paper, Maple Lake Trading Post; Danae McGregor, Maple Lake VFW Post 7664; Chelsea Rachel, Maple Lake Messenger, Roger's BP Amoco; and Morgan Wolff, MP NexLevel, MP Technologies.