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Muscoda celebrates the Morel Mushroom Festival every May, which is only fitting because that’s prime growing season in this “Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin.” These unique mushrooms are considered quite a delicacy by top chefs everywhere; there are message boards and recipes and all kinds of resources for morel lovers. The soil in the Muscoda area is particularly suited for the growth of morels and they fully embrace this fungi. In 2023, the festival takes place Saturday, May 20th.
This year’s event starts Friday, May 19th, with the Second Annual Cruise to the Festival – all modes of transportation encouraged to attend – Join us at the paved parking lot next to the Riverdale bus garage in the 500 block of North Wisconsin. Jose’s Mexican Food Truck will be there serving their specialties and Udder Brothers Creamery will have their delicious ice cream. Two blocks south, at Mushroom Headquarters along Highway 80, the grills will be going with American Legion burgers.
On Saturday, May 20th starting at 9:00am, the whole Village bursts with events. The bounce house and pedal tractor pulls are back and NEW this year is a strolling magician, Tiny Acres Farms Petting Zoo, Stilt Walker during the parade and hoop dancers after the parade. The awesome arts and crafts vendors, (many new ones!) and chainsaw carving are at Railroad Park as well as Food Vendors there and along the streets. There are also village-wide rummage and garage sales on Friday and Saturday.
At Mushroom Headquarters, the grills will be going for mushroom brats and Legion burgers (and fried morels if they’re are available). The Food and Beverage tasting area will include Jody’s Sugar Shack (chocolates), Meister Cheese, Moore Eggs, Studnicka Cattle Company, and Wild Hills Winery. And for your listening pleasure and maybe dancing, live music by the 2 Carls Band.
Another new feature includes Driftless Area and Local Wisconsin Beer Samples in the patio area of Sportsmen’s Lounge at 111 North Wisconsin Avenue. You can also catch tours of Effigy mounds, which start at 1pm, and baseball with the Muscoda Mudcats at 6pm.
A big feature is the parade down main street (AKA Wisconsin Avenue), which starts at 3:00. And after the parade, NEW this year, Native American Hoop dancers will share their ancient and sacred rituals at Mushroom Headquarters.
When you want a sit-down meal, there is pancake breakfast until noon, a chili cookoff with judging at 1:00 and the famous Firemen’s Steak Feed at the firehouse beginning at 4:00 until the steaks are gone! Enjoy the river views as the evening concludes with fireworks at dusk.
You’ll find Muscoda along Highway 80 between the Wisconsin River and Highway 133. Highway 60 is just across the river. And this town comes to party for its Morel Mushroom Festival! Check their website for updates and full schedules.
Morel Mushroom Festival Address:
Muscoda Village Hall
206 N. Wisconsin Avenue (Highway 80)
Muscoda, WI 53573