Mushroom Capital of the World
36th Annual Mushroom Festival - May 5th, 6th and 7th, 2016
The 36th Annual Richmond Mushroom Festival will be held on
May 5th-7th, 2016.
This event started out as a side walk sale in 1980 and has grown to approximately
200 vendors this year. Thursday night is
the children’s carnival. This is a huge
attraction for our area and is well attended.
Friday May 6th, we will have live entertainment starting at
noon. The vendors open to sell their
products starting at 10am and will remain open until 10pm that evening. Friday evening we will award the coveted “Lil
Mr & Miss Mushroom” title to the winning contestants in three age
groups. The winners of this event get to
ride in the Grand Parade on Saturday. Ray
Counties Favorite Pet contest winner will be awarded as well. We will hold the adult talent competition
Friday evening which is sure to be entertaining. The Fungus 5k Glow and Fun Run/Walk will
start at 8pm on Friday evening. Saturday,
live entertainment will start at10am on the Grand Stand and we host a multitude of events such as the
tennis ball drop. The winner of the drop
receives $500 and the proceeds go to fund our Cities Great American Celebration
held the Friday before the 4th of July. Vendors open at 9am and stay
until 10pm that evening. That morning is the children’s Pedal Tractor Pull. Last year over 50 children participated! The Ray County Community Arts Association
hold an Art Show and contest the weeks leading up to our festival. We are lucky to have some very talented
artists in our area. The 4th
and 5th graders from our school district spend time painting
pictures of morel mushrooms to be hung up around our historic downtown square
for the over 10,000 visitors to see while they are touring the festival. For our Grand Parade we are happy to announce
that Slugger, The mascot for the World Series Winning Kansas City Royals will
be visiting us as well as the Kansas City Marching Cobras and the Shriners from
Missouri. We will have a street
performer that breathes fire and rides a unicycle as well as “Iron Man”
entertaining the attendees on Saturday.
There is a Christian concert on Saturday as well as 3 different car and
tractor shows. Saturday evening will be
the children’s talent show as well as the non vocal talent show. Businesses around town paint their windows to
win the bragging rights in the Mushroom Festival Window Painting contest! There is a Largest Morel contest held each
year and you can also buy fresh or cooked morels at the festival. The Richmond
Area Chamber of Commerce takes pride in organizing this fantastic festival and
hope that it continues to grow each year.
See our 2015 Mushroom Festival photo album. Click on photo at right.
2016 Vendor Application
Notice: We are not accepting any new applications for food vendors.
2016 Parade Application
2016 Parade Float Rules
2016 Talent Show Application
2016 Fine Arts & Photography Show
Natalie Lamar, Chamber Executive Director, right, accepts a
donation check from Chandra Spero of Anytime Fitness
35th Annual Mushroom Festival Glow Run
|2016 Mister & Miss Mushroom Application
2016 5K FUNgus RUN/1 Mile Family Walk
2016 Business Window Painting Contest - New!
2016 Ray County's Favorite Pet Contest
Click here for PDF enlargement | Map courtesy of The Richmond News