Mountain Mushroom Festival
“Rather Be Shroomin!” will be the theme of the 29th annual Mountain Mushroom Festival during the weekend of April 27-28 in Irvine. Mushroom activities will include a mushroom market, cook-off, cake decorating contest, educational panels on local mushroom hunting, interviews with hunters on the narrative stage, natural habitat terrarium for displaying the native morel, morel/shiitake/oyster cooking demonstrations, prizes for most and largest mushroom, fungus 5K & 2K run/walk, parade, window decorating contest, and festival t-shirts.
Agate activities highlight the world renown Kentucky Agate only found in the local area in the world. Pre-festival activities include agate hunts in the creeks of Estill County. An Agate, Gem, and Mineral Show will feature agates, gems, minerals, fossils, rock displays, and jewelry.
Arts and crafts are promoted through artisan booths, craft demonstrations and display, quilt trail display, and middle school/high school arts show.
The local heritage is highlighted through forestry and Fitchburg Furnace displays, and Estill County Historical & Genealogical Society’s museum.
Entertainment on the grandstand will include a variety of groups performing different genres of music. Other entertainment will include children’s games, Shriners Train, and inflatables. A Kids’ Zone will have a variety of activities for children.
Other activities will be a Pancake Breakfast, Car Show, Bike Show, Antique Gas Engine & Tractor show, Health Screenings, Vision Screenings, Photography Contest, and food court.