Chamber leader looks ahead to 40th Mushroom Festival

A CROWD FAVORITE – a mixed platter of grilled chicken, lamb/beef slices, rice and salad – is served by Marcella Aguir at the Greek to Me booth at the 39th Annual Richmond Mushroom Festival.

RICHMOND – Upon growing larger, Alice cried, “Curiouser and curiouser. ... Now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was.”

Will the Richmond Mushroom Festival do the same – grow larger, with more attractions – for the 40th anniversary in 2020?

Maybe a little, based on a conversation with Chamber of Commerce Director Natalie Lamar.

The 39th Annual Richmond Mushroom Festival offered guests a terrific time, Lamar said while looking back at the weekend’s chamber-sponsored, three-day event.

“We felt like it was a fantastic festival,” she said. “Everything went well and as planned.”

The need to plan the chamber-sponsored 2020 milestone event has Lamar’s attention, with entertainment being a consideration. Lamar said a headline act planned this year fell through on late notice because performer suffered injuries in a road wreck.

Booking headliners takes time, Lamar said, often requiring a year or more to get the best people scheduled. She said she felt lucky this year to book another headliner on short notice, but she does not want to leave such opportunities to chance.

The chamber is planning to make next year’s event special, she said.

“We sure are. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to pull something out of our hat to make this one the biggest and best it’s ever been, and a little bit above and beyond, since it is our 40th year.”

 

 

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