Howard would be thrilled with what’s become of the festival

By Jo Ellen Dale

The Mushroom Festival’s over now, but all the planning that went into it deserves a look back and a pat on the back.
At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club last week, plans were discussed for the festival parade. Terrific Kids Chairman Steve Meyer requested help to sponsor kids in the parade and Bill Dooley and Phillip Powers volunteered. Pres. McGinnis thanked all those who helped pick up trash last Saturday and Chairman Mac Proffitt reported that nine members and two spouses took part. Bob Swafford also reported that on the Ford “drive” (Drive One 4UR School), 255 drivers took part, which netted the Richmond School district $5,550. More proof that Kiwanis is all about helping young people!
The Hardin Central Class of 1973 celebrated its 39th reunion on April 28 at Our Place in Richmond.  Those attending were Andy and Marlene Skyles, David and Harriet Minnick, Stanley Blankenship, Mark and Jane Weiz, Kent and Debbie Newham, Marcia and Leland Kolkmeyer, Bernie and David Vermillion, Steve Strider and Elaine Peters, Yvonne Madison and guest, and Sandy and Arlyn Burns. Following dinner, the group enjoyed music provided by the band Falcon.  The class will be planning its 40th reunion next year, also at Our Place.
The Mushroom Festival seems to have been the best one ever with even the weather cooperating.  It is hard to believe that this was the 32nd. Looking back, it does not seem that long and I have to wonder what the late Howard Hill, publisher of the Richmond News, who conceived the idea of promoting Richmond as the Mushroom Capitol of the World, would think of last weekend’s festival.
Howard loved morels and crowfoot greens as well, and was looking for a way to bring fame and fortune to our little community. Those of us manning the Chamber of Commerce especially enjoyed the booth directly in front.  I purchased a lovely hand bag for a paltry sum from “Lulu & Grace,” whose shop is located at 105 Main St.  Each year seems to bring more variety in the booths and activities. One highlight for some was viewing the mural now gracing the practice hall at the Farris Theatre. It is an artistic achievement.
Saturday morning bright and early, I breakfasted at the American Legion building where members of the VFW had prepared a delicious sausage and pancake meal.  Normally I, Alice Neely, Joanne Hertzig and Billie Hamann walk there in the early morning and Alice and I were able to get in a few rounds in the adjoining room after breakfast. The exercise always gets our day off to a good start.
From a shady spot well out of the blazing sun, I had an excellent view of the parade on Saturday.  I especially enjoyed RHS Marching Band and the Shriners and everything seemed to go on schedule without a hitch, no small feat considering the number of entries. As always I ate my fill of the Masons’ fish and chips and other delicacies from various booths. There truly was something for everyone and I look forward to next year.
As I write this on Monday, I see another busy week coming with After Hours at the 19th Hole on Friday, a tea at the Christian Union Church on Saturday and Mother’s Day on Sunday. I will surely be hearing from many of you this week.

Until we write again,

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