2023 Mush, Music & Mutts: NC's Official Fall Liver Mush Festival - Eventeny

2023 Mush, Music & Mutts: NC's Official Fall Liver Mush Festival

event Oct 21 8:30 am - Oct 21 4:30 pm
(GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
118 S. Washington Street, Shelby, North Carolina 28150, United States
Hosted by Cleveland County Tourism

Oct 21 8:30 am - Oct 21 4:30 pm
(GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
118 S. Washington Street, Shelby, North Carolina 28150, United States

Join us for the 2023 Mush, Music & Mutts Festival - North Carolina’s Official Fall Liver Mush Festival on Saturday, October 21st in beautiful Uptown Shelby! Our 2023 Music Headliner is Dirty Grass Soul, presented by Walker Woodworking! Catch them on the Main Stage at 2:30 pm. Recognized in regional and national media including Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods, this festival celebrates the unique regional delicacy and local food staple known as liver mush. Festival highlights include a liver mush eating contest, recipe contest and cookoff, live music, and more than 80 craft, food, and beverage vendors. Featured partner RollOver Pets presents the "Mutts" portion with a pet costume contest and parade, K9 demo and trick shows, musical sit contests, and more! Enjoy freshly prepared liver mush sandwiches and dishes proudly served by local producers of this well-loved "delicacy"! Free to attend, pets welcome, and fun for the whole family! Proudly featured partners and sponsors include: Albemarle - Main Stage Presenting Sponsor Walker Woodworking - Headliner Sponsor featuring Dirty Grass Soul Allison Golf Cars Boiling Springs TDA Carolina Luxury Transport Cleveland County Chamber Cleveland County Health Department Cleveland Community College City of Shelby Cornerstone Dental Associates Dover YMCA Earl Scruggs Center Frank C. Corriher Beef and Sausage Foothills Farmers' Market Gragg Financial Greenbrook Design Mack's Liver Mush North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources HomeTrust Bank Parker Family Feed Co. Planet Fitness PSU - Personnel Services Unlimited Rollover Pets Shelby Central United Methodist Church The Banker's House Uptown Shelby Association

Parking instructions
The festival is held in the heart of Uptown Shelby. For general mapping, map to 118 S. Washington Street – you won’t be able to drive to that spot as it is within the festival area but once near the festival, you will see various places to park or you can ride a shuttle. Free Parking is available around Uptown Shelby. Some of these are in areas beyond the boundary of the festival so please follow all traffic and pedestrian safety signals. Accessible Parking - Vehicles must display either a NC DMV-issued disability placard or license plate to enter and park. Cars without this may be towed. Accessible parking is available on a first come first serve basis at : ACCESSIBLE PARKING ONLY: HomeTrust Bank – 224 E. Warren Street located on the corner of Dekalb and Warren St, right at the edge of the festival. Wells Fargo Bank – 231 S. Washington St located at the corner of Washington and Graham Street. Enter the lot on Graham Street. PLEASE NOTE: There are businesses that state their parking is for their guests only... unless it says festival parking, we recommend you not park there. Some of those businesses will have your car towed.

Health & safety guidelines
We are planning for an in-person event and will follow and apply any COVID protocols recommended by public health officials in our area at the time of the event.

Live Music
Live music all day on stage and around the SQUARE! Main Stage: 9:00 AM: JAVA Band 11:00 AM: Larry & Joe 1:00 PM: ShadowGrass 2:30 PM: Dirty Grass Soul, presented by Walker Woodworking! Carolina Harmony Trail Stage: 9:30 AM: The Dancing Fleas 11:30 AM: The Biscuit Eaters 12:45 PM: Muddy Boots 1:45 PM: PacJAM Ramblers Bring your chairs and hang out with us all day! The Liver... + More
Liver Mush Sandwiches
Local liver mush producers will be represented at the 2023 festival, selling hot sandwiches. Lines get long, but we hear over and over that it's worth the wait to get that hot, fresh liver mush on a soft bun. Several food vendors and local restaurants will offer a variety of liver mush options as well! 2023 Liver Mush Producers On-Site: Mack's Liver Mush & Meats Frank... + More
Pet Costume Contest, Parade & Performances
Featured partner RollOver Pets presents the "Mutts" portion with a pet costume contest and parade, K9 demo and trick shows, musical sit contests and more! Well-behaved, leashed pets with proof of Rabies vaccine are invited to attend. 2023 Pet Festival Details: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Paw Painting 9:30 a.m. - Dynamo Dogs 10:30 a.m. - Pet Parade 11:00 a.m. - Costume... + More
Liver Mush Eating Contest
How brave are you? Have a big appetite? Like cold, hard...cash? Participate in the annual Liver Mush Eating Contest. Top winner receives cash prize. It's served in the package..cold...and part of the timing requires getting into the package/s you consume! Condiments provided. (Liver Mush is fully cooked and safe to consume straight from the package...though most prefer to eat it served... + More
Liver Mush Cookoff & Recipe Contest
Submit your entry now until 10/12: https://bit.ly/2023-mush-recipe-contest How many ways can Liver Mush be enjoyed? Many people like it split and dropped (cut thin and deep fried), but there are many ways to enjoy. In the annual recipe contest, there have been pizzas, enchiladas, salads, lasagna, waffles and more! Top winners have received cash prizes and matching donations to a designated... + More
Kids Parade
Led by the Dancing Fleas, all kids and 'kids at heart' are welcome to join the Kids Parade starting at the Carolina Harmony Trail stage. Line up will begin around 10:30 and costumes are welcome!
Little Miss/Mister Liver Mush Pageant - Postponed until 2024
The Little Miss/Mister Liver Mush Pageant will not be held in 2023. The Owner/Presenter of the pageant that partners to present the Little Miss/Mister Liver Mush Pageant has contacted the Liver Mush Festival team about this tough decision. She hopes to be able to present it again in 2024. Please stay tuned.


All times in (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


2023 Business Vendor Booth (NOT Selling)

7 shops
2023 Non-Profit Vendor Booth (NOT Selling)

10 shops
2023 Food, Drink, Concessions

14 shops
2023 Locally Crafted Vendor

40 shops
2023 Small Business Vendor Booth: Home-Based/Non-Profit Sales or Retail

15 shops
2023 WAITLIST Vendor

4 shops

Hosted by Cleveland County Tourism

Joined Eventeny in January 2020
event 5 events location_on Shelby, North Carolina, United States
Carolina's Land of Rhythm & Roots celebrates the rich music, history and food traditions of the region. We host the annual Mush, Music & Mutts Festival, which started as a celebration of local food staple, liver mush. The festival... + More