THE IRVINE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

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29th annual City of Irvine
Mountain Mushroom Festival
“Where the Bluegrass Kisses the Mountains”
APRIL 27-28, 2019
Irvine City Hall, 101 Chestnut Street Irvine, Kentucky 40336
Date: Saturday, April 27 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (booths) and 9:30 p.m. (grandstand entertainment)
Sunday, April 28 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Founded: 1991
Location: Latitude: 37.70026 Longitude: -83.97518



The festival area is in the downtown area of Irvine on Court Street and Broadway.
The Agate, Gem, Mineral & Rock Show will be held at the Estill County School Central Office gym, 253 Main
Street, Irvine. Enter at the back of the building.
The Kruzers Car Club Show will be at the corner of Main Street and Mack Street, Irvine.
The Pancake Breakfast will be at the Masonic Lodge, 221 Broadway & Lilly Avenue, Irvine.
The Student Art Show and Photography Display will be at the Horizon Adult Daycare, 178 Broadway, Irvine.
The Health Screenings and Vision Screenings will be at the Horizon Adult Daycare, 178 Broadway, Irvine.
The Motorcycle Show will be at the back of the Estill County Courthouse at River Drive and Court St., Irvine.
The Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show will be at the Estill County Fairgrounds, 38 South Irvine Rd., Irvine.

Description: 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.

Activities:
 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 foodway stage, Mory morel mascot, natural habitat terrarium for displaying the native morel, morel/shiitake/oyster cooking demonstrations, mushroom cook-off, shiitake log inoculation demonstrations, window decorating contest, fungus 5K & 2K run/walk, parade, and sale of festival t-shirts.
 Agate activities include agate hunts in the creeks of Estill County and a KY Agate, Gem, Mineral, and
Fossil Show. The show features KY agates, gems, minerals, fossils, and rock displays, and vendors selling
everything from agates to rocks to jewelry.
 Arts and crafts are promoted through artisan booths, heritage craft demonstrations, quilt trail display,
bicentennial train display, and Middle School/High School Student Art Show.
 Heritage activities include the Estill County Historical Society Museum, Fitchburg Furnace display,
Daniel Boone National Forest display, and flintknapper demonstrations.
 Grandstand Entertainment on the stage will include cloggers and live performances by a variety of
groups performing different genres of music.
 Other activities will include a Car Show, Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show, Oleika Shriners train,
health screenings, vision screenings, food court, games, Photography Contest display, Window Decorating
displays, Kids Zone and inflatables.
Admission to the festival is free. All events are open to the public and handicapped accessible. No pets please.

Contact Information:
Telephone: 606 723-1233 Irvine City Hall: 606 723-2554 Fax: 606 723-2558
E-mail: mushroomfestival@irvineonline.net
Website: www.mountainmushroomfestival.org includes information, registration forms, maps of festival
activity/event locations, and the schedule.

Facebook: Like us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/mountainmushroomfestival

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

Driving Directions:
From I-75: Take Exit 90-A (Richmond/Irvine). Follow US 421 (Martin Bypass) 4 miles to US 52 east (traffic
light 13). Turn left and proceed 18 miles to the City of Irvine on US 52
or
Turn left at the first red light on Rt. 499 (bypass). Drive 1.4 mile and turn right at the end of the bypass at the
traffic light onto Rt. 89 and proceed 1.4 mile to downtown Irvine.
From Mountain Parkway: Take Exit 16 (Clay City/Winchester). Turn onto KY 82 and follow until it intersects
with US 89. Turn left. Remain on Hwy US 89 approximately 7 miles to the City of Irvine.
Hold the Date!! Hope to see ya’ at the 30th annual Mountain Mushroom Festival, April 25-26, 2020. It is
always held during the last full weekend of April.