Focusing on the future

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Now that volunteers have been picked and committee chairs put in place, it’s time for the Texas Mushroom Festival to play catch-up.

Festival President Steve Carter said he was encouraged by the attendance at the regular meeting on March 27, as it was a standing-room-only crowd.

“I’m excited by that,” Carter said. “We have notified all the chairs and sent them the apps and paperwork for them to get caught up. We’re full-blown in the planning stage.”

Carter said the festival’s website and social media has been updated to reflect the changes in personnel, and more importantly, people now can purchase tickets for the Taste of Texas and Gala Dinner events

“It’s rolling now,” he said. “Everyone is extremely enthusiastic.”

Carter said things are about 30 days behind normal, but since the reinstatement of the festival in March, everyone hit the ground running.

“We are flying, and by the (next meeting) we should be on an even keel,” he said. “We’re going to get the committees together and continue the planning stage.”

So far, sponsorship packages have been sent out, and volunteers have notified vendors about securing things for the festival. Carter said the next crucial step will be reporting in on what they need and then start allocating funds.

“We’re still getting offers for volunteer help, but we’re still looking for a chairperson for the main gate, someone with experience, as the chair had to back out,” Carter said. “We need someone for liaison for waste receptacles, and one for licensing and permits.”

The next step then will be looking for volunteers to work the show, he said.

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