Kentucky Agate, the “gem of the hills”, will be again be a main focus at the 15th annual Agate, Gem, & Mineral Show. The agate is prized by collectors world-wide for its bright red bands and other spectacular colors and is only found in Estill and a few other surrounding counties. Agate became Kentucky’s official state rock by the Kentucky legislature in 2000. Agates will be for sale in several forms from slabs to jewelry revealing the hidden beauty.
Other features of the show include mineral specimen sales, fossil sales, petrified wood, demonstrations, and jewelry showing art from rocks and minerals. Much of the jewelry includes skills of the crafter from wire wrapping, silversmithing, faceting, to carving. Lapidary skills of the vendors show how slabs have been cut from rock, shaped and polished cabochons, and other stone-working skills.
The show will be at the Central Office gym of the Estill County Public Schools, 253 Main St., Irvine. Enter at the back of the building. Hours for the show will be: Friday, April 26 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday April 27 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Arts & Crafts Booths
All work in the arts and crafts booths must be original creations made by hand. No kits are allowed. Demonstrations are encouraged. First time applicants need to include three photographs of items you plan to sell with your application form and booth payment. These photos facilitate our jury process and will be returned to you. Those who are Kentucky Crafted, Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, or Appalachian Artisan Center members will be accepted until the quota for a medium is filled. Exhibitors MUST participate on both days of the festival to be in the arts and crafts area.
Non Arts & Crafts Booths
A variety of booths abound in the non-arts & crafts area and are sure to be of interest to all ages. Check them out on Broadway. They include educational, health related, non-profit groups, games, and specialty foods such as KY Proud products and baked goods. Children and youth will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities. Free items will be given away at some booths. Some booths will be providing services directly to our festival vendors such as free water, diaper changing station, and free samples.
First time applicants need to include three photographs of items you plan to sell with your application form and booth payment. Booths will be accepted until the quota is filled and jury process met.
Direct sales and commercial booths are not accepted.
Car Club Show
Twin City Kruzers Car Show
The Twin City Kruzers Car Club will host a Car Show at the Mountain Mushroom Festival
Saturday, April 27 in downtown Irvine at Mack Street and Main Street. Gates will open at 8
a.m. The car show registration will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a registration fee of $15. Dash
plaques will be given to the first 100 entries.
Trophies will be awarded in three categories by years: 2000-2024, 1979-1999, and 1978 and
before. They include trophies for all three categories: Trophy for Best Ford, Trophy for Best
Mopar, Trophy for Best GM, Trophy for Best Truck, and Trophy for Best of Show in all three
categories by years. One trophy will be given for the Best Import. Trophies will be awarded at
3 p.m. Judging will be done by out of town judges.
Also there will be a 50/50 pot and door prizes. Gift card certificates will be given at 2:30 p.m.
DJ services will be provided.
In case of rain on Saturday the show will be delayed until Sunday, April 28.
For more information about the Car Show call Tobo Bryant, club president, at 859 582-9422
or Jack Chaney at 606 723-4045.
Student Art Show
See the talent that local students possess at the High School Art Show during the Mountain
Mushroom Festival. It’s open to everyone. Come on in!
When: Saturday, April 27 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday, April 28 (1 – 5 p.m.)
Where: Courthouse Annex, Corner of 119 Broadway and Court Street, Irvine.
High school: water color, painting, drawing/mixed media, digital art, and photography.
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive ribbons and cash prizes from the sponsor, the Irvine-
Ravenna Woman's Club. A grand prize winner will also be recognized with an extra cash prize and ribbon.
Judging: Entries will be judged by Estill Arts Council members.
The show will be open to the public and free of charge.
*The lrvine-Ravenna Woman’s Club is a civic organization with the motto “Committed to Service”. It was organized in
1954 to serve the needs of the community through a broad range of projects and programs. Membership is open to all
women who are interested in community service in an atmosphere of fellowship.