Who knew that when a small group of mushroom enthusiasts decided to throw a festival for their No. 1 crop, that 25 years later it would turn out to be one of Pennsylvania’s popular tourist attractions.
Every year since 1985, the community of Kennett Square, Pa., gathers in celebration of the mushroom and the history of Southern Chester County.
The used-to-be-one-day affair is now three days long with music, cooking demonstrations, farm tours, children’s rides and more. New this year to the festival is the community parade, which features a float contest and an Old Fashioned Carnival Friday evening, Saturday late afternoon and Sunday afternoon. Also debuting this year is the 25th Mushroom Festival Cookbook, “Celebrating 25 Years! Mushroom Festival Cookbook,” that can be purchased at the souvenir tent.
Proceeds from the festival benefit non-profit organizations through the Mushroom Festival Grant Program. In 2009 nearly $70,000 was given back to the community and other non-profit organizations. Admission is only $2 for guests 12 years and older for three days full of fun, history and entertainment.