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Mushroom Festival, Richmond, MO, April 29-May 1, 2010
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Over 150 pounds of fresh morel mushrooms sold out in one day during Richmond's 29th Annual Mushroom Festival. This year a bigger supply is expected as well as new events such as a western show and chainsaw carving exhibit.  And as always the crowning of a winner in the large morel mushroom contest.

The festival isn't all about mushrooms, however. There's over 130 tempting food and craft booths, carnival, parade, Motorcycle Show, Antique Tractor Show, live Christian Music Shows, State Sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off, youth tractor pull, talent contest, 5K FunGus Run, Little Mr. and Miss Mushroom Contest, Beer Garden featuring Teacher'z Pet and more activities sprawling through the historic district during the two-day event.

The Annual Mushroom Festival is held the first weekend of May and we strive to make it the biggest and the best event possible each year. A tentative calendar of events is posted below for the 2010 Mushroom Festival.

Join us for the following activities during the 30th Annual Mushroom Festival:

Thursday, April 29

Evans Midland Empire Carnival "Wristband Night," downtown, Franklin St., 6-10 pm

Friday, April 30

Children's Art, sponsored by Signs & Wonders, Ray County Library Community Room, 9 a.m. - 5:30 pm

Craft and Fine Arts Fair, Downtown Square and West Main St., 9 a.m. - 6 pm

Evans Midland Empire Carnival, Downtown, Franklin St., 6-11 pm

Christian Music Concert, Grandstand on Square (Farris Theatre, if rain), 6:30-9 pm

Little Miss & Mister Mushroom, sponsored by Main Street Floral and The Daily News, 7 pm

State Championship Bar-B-Q Cook-Off, sponsored by Shirkey Nursing & Richmond Merchants, 5 pm

Saturday, May 1

5K “FuNgus” Run, sponsored by RHS Cross County Team, begins near Grandstand, 8 am

State Championship Bar-B-Q Cook-Off, sponsored by Shirkey Nursing & Richmond Merchants, 8am-2 pm

Pedal Tractor Pull, sponsored by Richmond Farm and Lawn, in front of Grandstand, 8:30-10 am

Children's Art, sponsored by Signs & Wonders, Library Community Room, 9 am–5:30 pm

Softball Tournament, sponsored by Richmond Recreation Dept., Southview Park

Skate Park Fun Day, Cevie Due Skate Park, 9 am-1pm

OVER 120 Vendors! Craft and Fine Arts Fair, Downtown Square and West Main St., 9 am-6 pm

Pet Adoption, sponsored by Ray County Humane Society, southeast Courthouse lawn, 9 am-6 pm

Motorcycle Show, sponsored by Dale’s Cycle Gear, Ray County Library, 9 am-4 pm

Car Show, sponsored by Hard Time Ridders, Ray County Library parking lot, 10 am-2 pm

Farm Friends, sponsored by Richmond R-XVI FFA, northeast Courthouse lawn, 9 am-4 pm

MoChip Child Identification Service, sponsored by Masonic Lodges, City Hall Chambers, 9:30 am-3 pm

Children’s Games, sponsored by The State Bank, west side of Courthouse, 10-11:30 am

Celebrity Dunk Tank, proceeds to benefit Fireworks Celebration in July, in front of US Bank, 10 am-5 pm

Shapes Dance and Acro Studio, front of Grandstand, 10:30-11 am

Camp Kinnard Basketball, front of Grandstand, 11:15-11:30 am

Bluegrass Band Liberty Highway, sponsored by Curves of Richmond, Grandstand, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Largest Morel Contest, sponsored by The Daily News, Grandstand, 12:30-1 pm

Parade, Grand Marshal, Senator Ike Skelton, sponsored by KFC/Taco Bell of Richmond, 1 pm

Talent Show, sponsored by Richmond Merchants, Grandstand, 2:30-4:30 pm

Evans Midland Empire Carnival, Downtown, Franklin St., 2:30-11 pm

Mud Run, sponsored by Ray County Fair Board, Ray County Fairgrounds, 4 pm

Beer Garden featuring rock band Teacher’z Pet on Ultimate Tailgate Stage, sponsored by Orrick Farm Service, Richmond Hills Shopping Center parking lot, 702 Wollard Blvd., 7 pm

For more information, call 816-776-6916. 

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