Update (9:50 a.m.) – Richmond Mushroom Festival organizers have decided to move all of Thursday and Friday’s grandstand activities to the Farris Theater. No outside food or drink will be allowed in the theater.
The unofficial kickoff to the 2013 fair and festival season is here. Click to hear KMZU’s Chris Clift talk with Richmond Chamber Director Renee Williams about the 2013 Mushroom Festival:
For more information visit www.richmondchamber.org. Here is the lineup of events from their website:
THURSDAY, MAY 2
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.
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, Grandstand
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, Grandstand
5 p.m., Morel expert Teresa Maybrier will give talk on how to find and cook morels, Granstand.
5 to 7 p.m., Dr. Tim Smith’s band, 5 O’Clock Somewhere, performs in beer garden tent.
6 to 10 p.m., Evans Midland Empire Carnival, Downtown, Franklin Street
6 p.m., Little Miss & Mister Mushroom winners announced, Grandstand
7 to 9 p.m., Adult Talent Show begins at Grandstand, 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, Grandstand
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, Grandstand
8 a.m., 5K FUNgus Run and two-mile walk begins, sponsored by Richmond Anytime Fitness, at Grandstand
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, Grandstand
Noon, Morel expert Teresa Maybrier will give talk on how to find and cook morels at Granstand.
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, Grandstand. 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,
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, Grandstand
5 to 6 p.m., Line dancing, Grandstand
6 to 8 p.m., Karaoke, Grandstand
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, Grandstand
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, Grandstand