On behalf of the Mountain Mushroom Festival Parade Committee, we would like to invite you to participate in our parade on Saturday, April 25. The theme for this year’s parade is “30 Years of Spore Lore”. The grand marshal will represent Carhartt.
Entertainment for the festival includes some of the favorites from past years plus some new activities.
The ever popular train has been at the festival every year of the festival. You're invited to ride on the Oleika Shriners Engineer train at the Mountain Mushroom Festival. The conductors will be boarding riders at the “train station” in front of Citizen Voice & Times on Court Street. Their hours of operation will be Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Inflatables in the former BB&T lot on Court Street and upper end of Broadway will include a variety such as Obstacle Course, Bounce House, slides, and others.
Foggy Bottom Farm will have a display of exotic animals, on Broadway, including llamas, sheep, goats, zebus, and miniature donkeys. They will have gumball feed dispensers for children to feed the animals.
Other children’s activities at booths include sand art and games.
Kids Zone will have interactive activities by the Estill Action Group, Chamber/EDA (games), and KY Steam Heritage Corporation.
Mercy Health - Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital Health Screenings
Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital will be conducting free health screenings during the Mountain Mushroom Festival on Saturday, April 25. Hospital staff will be set up near the new Estill County Public Library site (or in the event of extreme weather - in the Horizon Adult Daycare located at 178 Broadway, Irvine) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The following will be provided free of charge to all participants:
Blood Pressure Screenings
Carotid Artery and Thyroid Ultrasounds
Body Mass Index (BMI) Screenings
Health education and information regarding MWMH Clinics and services
Estill Lions Club Vision Screenings
Free vision screenings will be conducted by the Estill County Lions Club during the Mountain Mushroom Festival on Saturday, April 25 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) in the Horizon Adult Daycare at 178 Broadway by the festival grandstand. The screenings will be done by using the Welch Allyn Spot Camera. The state-of-the-art cameras use low-level infrared light to take 23 photos in one second. The process is non-invasive, meaning no one has to be touched, no eye drops are used and the test normally takes only a few seconds to get accurate results. Nothing must be read or repeated. The test can be done on children as young as 6 months or even less. These cameras can detect: myopia (near-sightedness), far-sightedness (hyperopia), unequal refractive power (anisometropia), blurred vision, eye structure problems (astigmatism), pupil size deviations (anisocoria) and eye misalignment (strabismus).
Estill County Historical & Genealogical Society Museum - Founded May, 1981
133-135 Broadway. Irvine, KY 40336
The Estill County Historical and Genealogical Society has been collecting, preserving, and protecting artifacts, documents and other memorabilia since the museum was opened to promote knowledge and appreciation for the area heritage. The building was erected in 1935 for the Park Brother Bus Line which was in business at this location until the mid-1940’s when the Black Brothers purchased the property and operated the bus service and restaurant called “Chat-NNibble.” The museum is filled with historic documents, objects, and photographs pertaining to Estill County history. All items reveal the heritage of the people of Estill County to interpret life as it was lived during different periods of time.
Activities on Sat., April 25 and Sun., April 26 will include the following.:
Displays/Exhibits: They tell the story of Estill County. Visitors will views displays of railroad, military, country store, photographs, farm implements, school, store, and home items. Historic relics include a 1795 loom, boat steering wheel, old courthouse bell, quilts, and pictures.
Books, publications, and cookbooks for sale: The society has over 1,000 books and family files about Estill County, from 1808 when the county was established to the present. Publication of many books including court records, censuses, WW II, schools, calendars. Mapping of county cemeteries is another project of the society.
The Museum and Research Library is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by special appointment during the week. Admission is free.
Morey Morel Mascot
Morey Morel is a “Fun Guy” who has been making appearances at the festival since 2014. He wants to visit the 30th festival to welcome the many visitors from across Kentucky and many states. He appears during the spring when the delicacy comes out of his secret hiding spot after a long winter.
The Morchella Mushroom, or Morel, as it is most commonly referred to can be black, gray, brown, or white and are usually about six inches high. Early varieties seem to thrive on top of limestone cliffs, but as the spring weather warms, they begin to “bloom” lower down around the sides of the mountain and down in the hollers. Most mushroom hunters refer to the morel as “dry land fish” because of their slightly fishy taste. The morel mushroom is hollow and the honeycomb or sponge like cap sometimes hangs over the cylindrical stem.
Look for Morey at the festival. He will be honored to get his picture made with you!
(Intersection of Main Street & Broadway, Irvine, KY)
Come out and enjoy the free live performances at the Grandstand during the festival. The festival is proud to present some great local talent of which we are so proud. Many of the groups/individuals are on Facebook and YouTube. Check them out and you will see what a treat it will be to have them perform.
Besides great talent the festival provides a professional stage/tent and a professional sound system by Darrell Horn Sound. Bring your own lawn chair or for your convenience the festival will have seating available, bleachers and a tent with folding chairs.