Mountain Mushroom Festival
April 29-30, 2023
You are invited to join the City of Irvine for
the 31st anniversary of the festival.
Have you got a show stopping image that you could enter in the Photography Contest? The contest is a way to show ‘that second’ in time – a time that cannot be captured again. Photos will be accepted for entry until Wednesday, April 10. Top photos will be hung at the Courthouse Annex at Broadway and Courthouse, Irvine during the festival. See the flyer for more information.
Mushroom Hunting Contest
The Mushroom Hunting Contest gives individuals a chance to put their hunting skills to the test to find the most and largest. Hunters go out individually, often to their secret hiding spots, to find the elusive morels. When the morels are brought to the Mushroom Market Tent they are weighed and measured by length and gird. The weights and measurements are recorded and compared to award the hunter who brings in the largest and the hunter who has found the most mushrooms.
Judging of the contest will be at the market on Saturday, April 29 at 4 p.m. A prize of $50 for the largest and $50 for the most mushrooms will be awarded by the Estill County Soil Conservation District.
Bring out your creative side for a round of fun! We’ve been talking mushrooms and now it’s time to get cooking. Do you have a great recipe using mushrooms: maybe it’s a pasta or soup or quesadilla or pasta or pizza or quiche? Entries must contain any variety of FRESH mushrooms (examples; morel, shiitake, oyster, button, etc.). Take your entry to the Mushroom Market tent at the corner of Broadway and Court Street in Irvine. Categories are: Youth (13 to 17 years) and Adult (18 and over).
Mr. Mullet Contest
A new contest to bring out a round of fun will be the Estill County Mullet Contest on Saturday, April 29. The divisions are ages Kids 0 - 5, Kids 6 - 12, Teens 13 - 17, and adults 18 +. First place winners in each division will get a prize and be named Mr. Morel Mullet. The runner up winners in each division will also receive a prize. Prizes will be awarded by DB Barbershop and Kelby's Barbershop.
View Event Flyer Here.