Mushroom Fest set for Saturday


In just a few days, residents from across the state will converge on the Madisonville square for food, wine tasting, entertainment, arts and crafts, an art contest, auto show and shiitake 5K run.

The Texas Mushroom Festival, now in its 15th year, is Madison County’s crown jewel, a tourism draw that organizers say has actually drawn people to relocate to the area.

Although last year’s event was plagued by heavy rains, a committee planning the Oct. 22 festival says they have higher hopes for this year.

Donna Isaacs, who is co-chairing the festival with Delores Williams, said she’s looking forward to Saturday’s festivities.

“It’s been fun and challenging,” Isaacs said. “It’s a big job but it’s important for the community.”

The festival is advertised as a free event, but vendors sell their wares, and there are nominal fees for things like a photo booth, which is new this year at the corner of Texas 21 and Madison in front of Sam Houston Insurance.

The festival raises funds to put on the next year’s event, and also provides money for scholarships, which go to the festival’s ambassadors. This year’s ambassadors are Robin Diserens CiCi Graham and Cassidy Brown. The prestigious role is awarded to local high school students each year who assist festival-goers with directions and information.  

Isaacs said the community is ready for this year’s event – they’ve been working on it since the last one concluded a year ago – and expect to bring in at least 16,000 people.

“We’re just praying for sunshine,” she said.

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