Festival fun(gus) and games

A call for entries

for the Mushroom Festival

cover contest, fine arts show and

Little Mr. and Miss
Mushroom contest


The blades of grass are turning green, a call for us to wake from winter’s dreariness. In one month, Richmond’s square will be abuzz with its 34th annual Mushroom Festival, May 1-3.

Ray County Community Arts Association is seeking artists to compete in its annual Fine Arts and Photography Show during the Mushroom Festival at Friends Gallery, behind the Farris Theatre on Camden Street.

Artists, age 18 and older, can enter these 13 categories: charcoal, China painting, clay pottery, oils/acrylics, pastels, pencil, pen or ink drawings, black-and-white photography, color photography, Photoshop photography, sculpture, stained glass, watercolor pencil and watercolor. People’s Choice winners receive $100 and each first place receives $30.

Fees are $5 per entry with a limit of three entries per category. Forms are available at the Richmond News, 204 W. North Main St., or the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, 104 W. North Main. Entries must be submitted 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 21 at the Friends Gallery.

The public can view the show 2 to 4 p.m. April 26, 5 to 7 p.m. April 27 and May 1-3.

For more information, contact Melinda White at 816-470-5352 or 816-456-2870.


Mushroom cover contest entries due April 15

While we’re on the subject of artists, the Richmond News is seeking entries for its annual Mushroom Festival Cover Contest. The winning artwork graces the cover the Mushroom Festival souvenir edition, distributed to more than 10,000 area households. First place also receives $100 in merchant dollars, which can be used like money, from these participating businesses: The Jones Store, Anytime Fitness, Deon’s Body Shop & Towing, Clint Evans Heating-Cooling, Farmers Home Insurance Co., Shelton’s Floor & Wallcovering, JP’s Total Image, Depot Tavern, Calvert’s Tire & Body Shop, Ray-Carroll Fuels, Oliphants’s Heating & Cooling, The Medicine Shoppe, Luther Woods Heating & Cooling, Minnick Lawn Care, Letzig Group Insurance, Richmond Family Clinic, Studio 10 Salon, Ideal Industries, The Medical Center, and Reece & Nichols Williams & Associates. Second place receives $50 in merchant dollars. Winning entries will also be displayed at the RCCAA fine arts show.

All artwork should be original, either drawn on white poster board or white paper or created through computer graphics. PDFs or jpegs of computer artwork are accepted. Those entries can be emailed to

Deadline for entries is noon Tuesday, April 15. Artwork to be judged by the Ray County Community Arts Association members and Mushroom cover sponsors.

For more information, contact Publisher JoEllen Black at 816-776-5454,


Little Mr. and Miss Mushroom entries extended one day

The deadline for entries for the perennially popular Little Mr. and Miss Mushroom contest is today, April 7, but entries will be accepted through noon Tuesday, April 8.

It’s free to enter. Along with the application form, parents need to provide two billfold-sized photos of their child. Cans with the contestants’ photos will be placed in two locations, Richmond City Hall and Hometown Pizza, for the public to vote with their pocketbook. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the festival grandstand and will ride in the May 3 parade.


2014 Deuce Golf Classic
April 26-27

Another game – golf – is coming back to the Mushroom Festival. It’s actually a week prior, April 26-27, at Shirkey Golf Course. The golf club and Richmond chamber are combining for the 2014 Deuce Classic. The two-day, two-person scramble kicks off Friday, April 25, with a free hog roast for participants, sponsored by Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation and Lexington House of Hope.

The games begin 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26 and continue Sunday at 9 with a shotgun start.

Entry fee is  $125 a person, which includes 36 holes of golf, hog roast and two nights of appetizers and drink specials.

Top winners in three flights receive $800, with second place winning $400, third place $250 and fourth place $150.

For more information, call Shirkey Golf Course at 816-470-2582.


A $500 prize for festival
Tennis Ball Drop

Richmond Chamber hosts Richmond’s annual Fourth of July American Celebration each year, spending around $5,000 for fireworks for the free event. The group’s tennis ball drop, much like the one at Lawson Picnic, is a way to raise funds.

Five hundred numbered tennis balls will be sold for $5 each. The tennis balls are grouped atop Evan Midland’s carnival slide and then released. The first numbered ball to reach the bottom wins. The lucky holder of that number receives $500. The release of tennis balls will be 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at the Richmond News or Richmond chamber, 816-776-6916.

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