27th annual City of Irvine Mountain Mushroom Festival
APRIL 29-30, 2017
Irvine City Hall, 101 Chestnut Street Irvine, Kentucky 40336
Date: Saturday, April 29 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (booths) and 9:30 p.m. (grandstand entertainment)
Sunday, April 30 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 Bluegrass KY 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 & Lily Avenue, 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 Speedy Spore River Run will be on the Kentucky River. Check-in/registration will be under the Irvine
bridge.
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 narrative stage, 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, Miss Mushroom Pageant, 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
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 vendor booths, heritage craft demonstrations, quilt trail display,
bicentennial train display, and Student Art Show.
 Heritage activities include a Speedy Spore River Run (6 & 12 mile canoe/kayak races on Kentucky
River, Estill County Historical Society Museum, Fitchburg Furnace display, and flintknapper demonstrations.
 Grandstand Entertainment on the stage will include a school jump rope team, cloggers, gymnastics
team, and 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, 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. Information, registration forms, and the schedule are 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 US 421 (Martin Bypass) 4 miles to US 52 east (traffic
light 13). Turn left and proceed 18 miles to the City of 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.