MAPLETON -- The City of Mapleton held it's annual Homecoming Celebration June 12-13. The celebration, in it's 44th year, included numerous activities and had a large turnout. The activities began Saturday, with a Garden Tractor Pull, hosted by Bourbon County Garden Tractor Puller's Association. The tractor pull was held despite the rain Mapleton received during the week and on Saturday. The Mapleton Fire Department sold tickets for items donated by Kay's Kreations in Mound City and also provided concessions for the event.
Sunday brought more rain to Mapleton in the early morning and just prior to the Homecoming Parade, but all events were held as planned. The morning started with donuts and coffee at the Community Building, where those in attendance reminisced with Dale Dennis.
Anna Mae Cobbler, former resident and community member of Mapleton, was the Grand Marshall. Cobbler, born and raised near Guthrie's Mound, shared numerous stories and information she knew about Mapleton.
Mathew Hamilton, Mapleton Christian Church, provided those in attendance with an outdoor morning worship service. The community worship service had a large turnout.
Turtle races were held and the winners were: Tanner Miller, Jenna Holt and Jewel Endicott, with Jenna Holt taking the grand prize.
Mapleton resident Buddy Roufs, along with his friends, brought many new and old vehicles for a car show. The vehicles were put on display in the city park, where they were available for viewing.
The bounce house and obstacle course, from One-Two-Three Bounce, Eddie and Jackie Hall, owners, was available for children to enjoy in the park, at no cost, courtesy of Mapleton C Store and Cafe, which is owned and operated by Monique and George Danley of Mapleton.
The Mapleton Fire Department provided lunch for all in attendance, with a free-will offering meal in the community building. The meat, which was donated by the Myrick Family, was prepared by Marty Crystal and family. Winners of the Fire Department raffle were R Long and Judy.
The parade had many participants and continued despite a rain shower . Some parade winners included Buddy Roufs, motorized bar stool; Red Hats, with a float and walkers; the Church of Christ Float and the Mapleton Saddle Club.
During the recognition service, many community members were recognized, including Buddy and Pam Roufs, for the Buddy Roufs and Friends Cars Now and Then; Anna Mae Cobler, Grand Marshall; Fay Cowan, oldest present; and Junior and Darlene Grant, for longest married.
The nail driving contest for women winner was Pat Cook and in the male competition, Nathan Buck.