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Mushroom Capital of the World
36th Annual Mushroom Festival - May 5th, 6th and 7th, 2016

The 36th Annual Richmond Mushroom Festival will be held on May 5th-7th, 2016.  This event started out as a side walk sale in 1980 and has grown to approximately 200 vendors this year.  Thursday night is the children’s carnival.  This is a huge attraction for our area and is well attended.  Friday May 6th, we will have live entertainment starting at noon.  The vendors open to sell their products starting at 10am and will remain open until 10pm that evening.  Friday evening we will award the coveted “Lil Mr & Miss Mushroom” title to the winning contestants in three age groups.  The winners of this event get to ride in the Grand Parade on Saturday.  Ray Counties Favorite Pet contest winner will be awarded as well.  We will hold the adult talent competition Friday evening which is sure to be entertaining.  The Fungus 5k Glow and Fun Run/Walk will start at 8pm on Friday evening.  Saturday, live entertainment will start at10am on the Grand Stand and  we host a multitude of events such as the tennis ball drop.  The winner of the drop receives $500 and the proceeds go to fund our Cities Great American Celebration held the Friday before the 4th of July. Vendors open at 9am and stay until 10pm that evening. That morning is the children’s Pedal Tractor Pull.  Last year over 50 children participated!  The Ray County Community Arts Association hold an Art Show and contest the weeks leading up to our festival.  We are lucky to have some very talented artists in our area.  The 4th and 5th graders from our school district spend time painting pictures of morel mushrooms to be hung up around our historic downtown square for the over 10,000 visitors to see while they are touring the festival.  For our Grand Parade we are happy to announce that Slugger, The mascot for the World Series Winning Kansas City Royals will be visiting us as well as the Kansas City Marching Cobras and the Shriners from Missouri.  We will have a street performer that breathes fire and rides a unicycle as well as “Iron Man” entertaining the attendees on Saturday.  There is a Christian concert on Saturday as well as 3 different car and tractor shows. Saturday evening  will be the children’s talent show as well as the non vocal talent show.  Businesses around town paint their windows to win the bragging rights in the Mushroom Festival Window Painting contest!  There is a Largest Morel contest held each year and you can also buy fresh or cooked morels at the festival. The Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce takes pride in organizing this fantastic festival and hope that it continues to grow each year.

See our 2015 Mushroom Festival photo album. Click on photo at right.

2016 Vendor Application
Notice: We are not accepting any new applications for food vendors.

2016 Parade Application

2016 Parade Float Rules

2016 Talent Show Application

2016 Fine Arts & Photography Show
2015 Mushroom Festival in Richmond
Natalie Lamar, Chamber Executive Director, right, accepts a
donation check from Chandra Spero of Anytime Fitness
35th Annual Mushroom Festival Glow Run

2016 Mister & Miss Mushroom Application

2016 5K FUNgus RUN/1 Mile Family Walk

2016 Business Window Painting Contest - New!

2016 Ray County's Favorite Pet Contest

More than 160 Vendors • Carnival
KC's Marching Cobras • Fire-breathing Performance

Click here for Downloadable Schedule

Click here for PDF enlargement | Map courtesy of The Richmond News

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