Mountain Mushroom Festival 25th


APRIL  25-26, 2015









Contact Information








The Estill County Quilt Trail

Small Town

(Click here to find and watch video of Irvine and Estill County)

(Click here to watch Tim Farmer's County Kitchen filmed in Irvine at the Mountain Mushroom Festival)




24th annual City of Irvine


APRIL 26-27, 2014

Theme:  “Shrooming Times Are Here Again”


Irvine City Hall, 101 Chestnut Street   Irvine, Kentucky 40336


Date:  Saturday, April 26   9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (booths) and 9 p.m. (grandstand entertainment)

           Sunday, April 27     10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Founded:  1991



  Latitude:  37.70026     Longitude:  -83.97518

The festival area is in the downtown area of Irvine, Court St. and Broadway.  

The Bluegrass KY Agate, Gem, Mineral & Rock Show will be held at the Estill County

   School Central Office gym, 253 Main St., Irvine.  Enter at the back of the building.

The Kruzers Car Show will be at the corner of Main St. and Mack St., Irvine.  

The Pancake Breakfast will be at the Masonic Lodge, 221 Broadway & Lily Ave., Irvine.

The Student Art Show and Photography Display will be at the Horizon Adult Daycare, 

    178 Broadway, Irvine.

The Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show will be at the Estill County Fairgrounds, 38 

    South Irvine Rd., Irvine.  

The Kentucky River Paddle Event will be at the river under the Irvine bridge below 

    Rader’s Grill.

The winning student Poster Contest entries will be posted at BB&T, 119 Broadway.



  The  Mountain  Mushroom  Festival  is  a  celebration  of  the  Appalachian

culture:  the morel mushroom, KY agate (state rock of Kentucky), arts and crafts, Daniel

Boone National Forest, Kentucky River, and mountains.   The festival’s mission is to

share  the  cultural  heritage  and  traditions  of  our  community  and  support  area  groups

(mushroom hunters, agate hunters, local crafters, artisans, and civic organizations) and

businesses  to  foster community pride and  stimulate economic development.   A local

volunteer committee partners with the community to present a variety of activities and

provide educational opportunities. The festival provides a weekend of free activities and

entertainment for everyone.  




Mushroom theme activities include a morel market with morels for sale brought

by the local hunters.  The availability is dependent on the amount that the local hunters

bring to the mushroom tent.   Even when a late spring or dry spell makes morels scarce,

morels can be tasted after the cooking demonstrations.  Other activities include prize

money  for  most  mushrooms  and  largest,  educational  panels  on  mushroom  hunting,

interviews with hunters on the narrative stage, morel mascot, natural habitat terrarium for

displaying the native morel, shiitake/oyster cooking demonstrations, mushroom cook-off,

shiitake log inoculation demonstrations, window decorating contest, fungus 5K & 2K

run/walk,  parade,  student  poster  contest,  photography  contest,  and  sale  of  festival

souvenirs (t-shirts, hats). 


Agate activities include agate hunts in the creeks of Estill County and a KY

Agate, Gem, Mineral, and Rock Show.  The show features KY agates, gems, minerals,

fossils, and rock displays, black light display of fluorescent material, and vendors selling

everything from agates to rocks to jewelry. 


Arts and crafts are promoted through vendor booths, heritage craft

demonstrations, quilt trail display, bicentennial train display, and Student Art Show.  


 Heritage activities include a forest display, Kentucky River display, 

Kentucky  River  Paddle  Event,  Estill  County  Historical  Society  Museum,  Fitchburg

Furnace display, and flintknapper demonstrations.  


 Entertainment on the grandstand will include a school jump rope team, cloggers,

gymnastics team, high school jazz band, grade school chorus, and a variety of bands.  


Other activities

 will include a Car Show, Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show, 

health screenings, food court, games, paddle event on KY River, Choo Choo Express,

and inflatables.


Admission to the festival is free.  All events are open to the public and handicapped

accessible.  No pets please except for service animals.




Contact Information:

Telephone:  606 723-1233 

Irvine City Hall:  606 723-2554     Fax:  606 723-2558






.  Information, registration forms, and theschedule is on the website 


Address:  Irvine City Hall, 101 Chestnut Street, Irvine, Ky.  40336


Driving Directions:

From I-75:  Take Exit 90-A (Richmond/Irvine).  Follow Martin Bypass 4 miles to KY 52

east.  Turn left and proceed 17 miles to the City of Irvine


From Mountain Parkway:  Take Exit 16 (Clay City/Winchester).  Turn onto Hwy 82 and

follow until it intersects with Hwy 89.  Turn left.  Remain on Hwy 89 approximately 7

miles to the City of Irvine.

 Mountain Mushroom Festival 2014
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