Become a Sponsor

Dear Friends,

On the weekend after Labor Day the Mushroom Festival will once again burst into Kennett Square, Pa., to celebrate mushrooms in the Mushroom Capital of the World! This year, the 31st Annual Mushroom Festival will take the spotlight as a premier food festival filled with fun(gi) for the whole family.

We expect at least 80,000 guests to enjoy Kennett Square’s hospitality as they stroll down Mushroom Boulevard (State Street the rest of the year). It’s too early to announce our plans for this year, but I expect this year’s Festival will once again be a spectacular celebration.

Last year the Special Events Tent was packed for the National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship as returning champion Molly Schuyler retained her crown, as her record of 11.5 pounds of mushrooms stood for a second year. I invite you come and cheer our contestants this year. It’s a ‘shrooming good time!

As a result of last year’s success, the Mushroom Festival awarded $85,000 to 50 local charities and made a two-year commitment to the City of Hope for a new cancer research study of mushrooms. Since 2000, the Mushroom Festival’s grant program has contributed over $805,000 in grants and donations to hundreds of local nonprofit organizations. Much of this success is because of the generosity and support of our sponsors.

Sponsorship opportunities for 2016 are detailed in this booklet. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Mushroom Festival office at 610-925-3373.

It is with the support of our community, the dedication of our volunteers and the commitment of our sponsors that we owe our success. I would like to thank you for your continued support over the years and am looking forward to working with you again this year.

See you on September 10 and 11 for our 31st Celebration!

Sincerely,
Kathi Lafferty
Mushroom Festival Coordinator

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Did you know?

The Mushroom Festival attracts 80,000 to 100,000 visitors from across the region, the United States, and even around the world to experience Kennett Square and our annual festival.

Your sponsorship is proudly displayed
on our website, in our publications, and throughout town.

Over the last few years, the Mushroom Festival was highlighted in various media outlets bringing even more exposure and prestige to the event and its sponsors. These include:
• USA Today/Reader’s Choice Poll: Mushroom Festival #2 Best Specialty Food Festival (2014)
• The Chew, ABC’s daily afternoon talk show that is all about food.
• HuffPost.com posted a great story and video about the National Fried Mushroom Eating Contest and the Mushroom Festival
• AAA World magazine’s story “Gift of the Fungi,” highlighted Kennett Square’s mushroom industry and the Festival

Please look over our 2016 Sponsorship levels and choose the level that’s right for you. To start the sponsorship process, return the 2016 Sponsor pledge form as soon as possible. This will ensure the greatest promotional benefit from your sponsorship.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Mushroom Festival office at (888) 440-9920 or 610-925-3373.

Quotes from our Grant Recipients

We are able to continue to help many families and individuals not only meet essential daily needs as they address their situations of abuse, but to work toward a brighter future through our service provision with funds granted to us by the Mushroom Festival. — Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

The Mushroom Festival’s support helps us to present an exceptional event that honors our veterans, brings the community together, and spurs economic growth in town. — Historic Kennett Square

Thank you for your grant. It means so much to the board and staff to know there is a great deal of support for their efforts. Thanks to your generosity, After the Bell will continue to be a safe place for middle school students to learn and have fun after schoolKennett After-School Association

The Mushroom Festival’s partnership in our mission helps our community in many ways. Please know that our clients are especially grateful for the gift of your concern and generosity.Kennett Area Community Service

With the Mushroom Festival’s grant, you will help to ensure the longevity of the Senior Center and our ability to continue to provide vital services and opportunities to older adults in the community.Kennett Area Senior Center

Our progress towards achieving our mission of providing exceptional pediatric therapy services to enhance the lives of children with special needs is accelerated because of strong, steady supporters like The Mushroom Festival. Quest Therapeutics

The Mushroom Festival’s generosity has given individuals the chance to enhance their lives and expand their opportunities – in education, employment and personal achievement. – Canine Partners for Life

To date The Mushroom Festival has distributed over $805,000 to charitable organizations.
Please help us grow this number in 2016!