Mushroom Festival attendance leaves board pleased

Meteor staff
Posted 10/17/18

Organizers for this year’s Texas Mushroom Festival feel positive about the success of this year’s event, especially as it was one that almost didn’t happen.

TMF President Steve Carter said …

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Mushroom Festival attendance leaves board pleased

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Organizers for this year’s Texas Mushroom Festival feel positive about the success of this year’s event, especially as it was one that almost didn’t happen.

TMF President Steve Carter said he thinks the turnout to Saturday’s was great; however, there were no statistics immediately available.

“I spoke with many of the attendees and received very positive comments,” he said. “I also spoke with several vendors and they were very positive as well.”

Some vendors and attendees did mention they were nervous about the weather, but the worst of it held off until late into the afternoon.

Carter said Monday that it’s too early to determine the overall financial performance, but on the surface it looks very good.

“I have not received any estimates yet but it looked pretty well attended,” he said.

Carter attributed the success of this year’s event to the people who stepped up earlier in the year when the festival was cancelled.

“We had a great team of volunteers that did a fantastic job,” he said. “We did spot a couple of areas that we may have been a little understaffed, but we’ll determine that after our wrap up meeting in a couple of weeks.”

The amount of money raised at the silent and live auctions was not known at press time.

For Saturday morning’s annual Shiitake 5K, the winner of the Female Open was Madilynn Caperton, and the Male Open winner was Erick Payan.

Winners in the female categories are Grace Coleman, 12 and under; Grace Williamson, 13-19; Julianna Wolf, 20-29; Tracy Williams, 30-39; Jo Dorman, 40-49; Cathy Bickford, 50-59; and Janet Bouchard, 60 and over.

In the men’s categories, winners were Evan Basinger, 12 and under; Collin Caperton, 13-19; Loren Sheffer, 40-49; Steven Bickford, 50-59; and Mike Cousins, 60 and over.

Winners of the car show, car class, were: Jim Bates, best in show paint; Bobby Drake, best in show exterior/trim; and Will Lynch, best in show interior and engine/under hood; for truck class, Will Lynch, paint; Glyn Holland, exterior/trim and engine/under hood; and James Moran, interior. Overall winner was Norman Johnson.

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