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Kennett Square’s Annual Fungi Festival Returns

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Photos courtesy of the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival.

Often called the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square annually brings its favorite fungi into the spotlight. This year, the The 31st Annual Mushroom Festival returns for another year of celebration. Food, art, music and contests will enliven this year’s festival, as in years past.

The festival kicks off on Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. with a Community Parade starting at the corner of State and Willow streets. Dancing in the streets follows the parade, accompanied by party band Good Foot. Enjoy midway fun with rides, carnival foods and games at The Old Fashioned Carnival from 6–10:30 p.m. The carnival also runs on Saturday from 6–10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1–6 p.m.

The schedule of events offers something for everyone. Highlights include:

Saturday

Street Fair (10 a.m.–7 p.m.)

Amateur Mushroom Appetizer Cook-off (10:30 a.m.)

Antique and Classic Car Show (11 a.m.–4 p.m.)

Culinary Demo with Jennifer Daskevich, World Food Champion (12:30)

National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship (3 p.m.)

Christine Havrilla and Mason Porter Concert (7:30 p.m.)

Sunday

Mushroom Run (8:30 a.m.)

Soup and Wine Fest (11 a.m.–4 p.m.)

Culinary Demo with Natalie Jenks, Natalie’s Fine Foods (3:15 p.m.)

Admission to the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is $3 per person. Proceeds benefit the Mushroom Festival’s grant program. Wristbands may be purchased in advance at The Mushroom Cap (114 W. State St., Kennett Square) or at the festival. Shuttle buses will be available from the parking lots.

For more information, visit www.mushroomfestival.org.

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