Mushroom Capital of the World
The "Mushroom Capital of the World" will host its 33rd Mushroom Festival, paying homage to the morel May 2-4, 2013. The event, recognized as one of Missouri's best festivals in Rural Missouri magazine touts more than 125 craft and food booths, a carnival, kiddie tractor pull sponsored by Richmond Farm and Lawn, 10k/5k walk and run sponsored by Anytime Fitness, talent show sponsored by Sonic, Christian music concert sponsored by Shirkey's Nursing and Rehab and Shirkey's Hospice, a grand parade sponsored by KFC/Taco Bell, car show sponsored by Hardtime Rodders Car Club, two-day beer garden and live performances featuring bluesman Justin Andrew Murray and his band sponsored by Jerry Penniston Repair. But for the purist, it's all about the morel. The Largest Moral Contest, sponsored by the Richmond News, draws hundreds of onlookers. Fresh morels will be available for purchase and a morel "expert" will give morel seminars during the festival. Times and locations of all activities and events will be finalized soon.
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THURSDAY, MAY 2
NOTE: Wristband night extended to Friday.
6 to 10 p.m., Evans Midland Empire Carnival “Wristband Night,” Downtown, Franklin Street. Cost is $20.
6 p.m., Christian Music Concert begins with National Day of Prayer ceremony, Farris Theatre.
7 p.m., St. John CME choir performs followed by Itza a God Thing at 8 p.m. and Break The Fall 9 to 11 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 3
All day, Sunrise Elementary morel-themed art, displayed at former Economy Health Mart windows.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Purchase $5 ticket for $500 drawing in the tennis ball drop, Chamber office, 104 W. North Main. Proceeds go toward the American Celebration firework fund.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ray County Community Arts Association Fine Arts and Photography Show, Friends Gallery (behind the Farris on Camden St.)
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Arts and crafts fair, downtown square and West Main Street, around 125 vendors
10 a.m. to noon, Country Music Makers performs, Farris Theatre
Beginning at Noon, beer garden opens, in front of US Bank on North Main St. ShadeTree jam band performs, a Midwestern blend of music by Richmond’s Justin “Spudd” Richards and Sandy Myerchin. $10 to enter beer tent each day
2 to 4 p.m., Lawson’s own Copper Creek bank performs in beer garden tent.
3 to 5 p.m., Ray Co. Rhythm Riders performs, Farris Theatre
5 p.m., Morel expert Teresa Maybrier will give talk on how to find and cook morels, Farris Theatre.
5 to 7 p.m., Dr. Tim Smith’s band, 5 O’Clock Somewhere, performs in beer garden tent.
6 to 10 p.m., Wristband night. Cost $20. Evans Midland Empire Carnival, Downtown, Franklin Street
6 p.m., Little Miss & Mister Mushroom winners announced, Farris Theatre
7 to 9 p.m., Adult Talent Show begins at Farris Theatre, sponsored by Sonic
7 to 11 p.m., Kansas City classic rock and country band Boomerz performs in beer garden tent.
9 p.m., Itza God Thing performs, Farris Theatre
SATURDAY, MAY 4
All day, Sunrise Elementary morel-themed art, displayed at former Economy Health Mart windows
6 to 11 a.m., Richmond VFW Post #4398 pancake and sausage breakfast at Ray County Veterans building, 312 Clark St. Cost is a $5 donation, children 7 and under eat free.
6:30 to 7:30 a.m., registration and packet pick-up for FUNgus Run, near Grandstand
7:30 a.m., 10K FUNgus Run begins, sponsored by Richmond Anytime Fitness, at Grandstand
8 a.m., 5K FUNgus Run and two-mile walk begins, sponsored by Richmond Anytime Fitness, at Grandstand
9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Registration for Spartan Strong Man Competition, Anytime Fitness, 218 S. Thornton St. Competition begins at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $25 for each event.
9 a.m. to noon, registration for Hardtime Rodders car show at Richmond City Hall parking lot. Judging at 1 p.m.
8:30 to 10 a.m., Pedal Tractor Pull, sponsored by Richmond Farm and Lawn, near Grandstand (No entries after 9 a.m.)
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Antique tractor show, Orscheln’s parking lot. Winners to be selected from people’s choice categories.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ray County Community Arts Association Fine Arts and Photography show, Friends Gallery, behind Farris Theatre
9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Arts and crafts fair, downtown square and West Main Street
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pet adoption, sponsored by Ray County Humane Society, southeast courthouse lawn
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pet adoption, sponsored by SOAR, northwest courthouse lawn
11 a.m., Shapes Acro and Dance Studio performs, Farris Theatre
Noon, Morel expert Teresa Maybrier will give talk on how to find and cook morels at Farris Theatre.
Noon, beer garden tent opens, in front of US Bank on North Main St. Classic rockers Beam & Eads perform noon to 2 p.m.
12:45 p.m., Announcement of Largest Morel Contest winner, sponsored by The Richmond News, Farris Theatre. Morels will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. next to Grandstand and prior to the event at the news office, 204 W. North Main St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
1 p.m., Grand Parade, float prize money sponsored by Richmond KFC/Taco Bell
2 to 10 p.m., Evans Midland Empire Carnival, Downtown, Franklin St.
2 to 3 p.m., ShadeTree jam band performs in beer garden tent.
2 p.m. (after parade), Tennis ball drop at carnival slide. Winner receives $500. Do not need to be present to win.
3 to 5 p.m., 5 O’clock Somewhere performs in beer garden tent.
3 p.m., Youth Talent Show, sponsored by Richmond Sonic, Farris Theatre
5 to 6 p.m., Line dancing, Farris Theatre
6 to 8 p.m., Karaoke, Farris Theatre
5 to 7 p.m., Kansas City rock and blues band Red Jack performs in beer garden tent
7 to 8:30 p.m., Kansas City power trio Scott Moyer Band (formerly of Ticklestick) play modern and vintage blues and rock at beer garden tent.
8 to 9 p.m., Country Shindig performs, Farris Theatre
8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Teen dance, sponsored by Ray County Coalition, City Gymnasium, adjacent to City Hall
9 p.m. to midnight, Headliner Justin Andrew Murray Band, a popular blues performer at last September’s Outlaw Days, performs at beer garden tent.
9 to 11 p.m., I-35 Express performs, Farris Theatre
Note: No outside food or drinks are allowed in the Farris Theatre.