44th annual Mushroom Fair
Wild mushrooms are thought of as poisonous pests by some and gourmet delicacies by many. They play an essential role in the web of life of our forests and are found in every ecological niche from sheet rock in damp bathrooms to the sands of deserts. Humboldt County is a premier location for mushrooms due to our coastal dunes, coniferous forests and our inland hardwood forests as well as our generous rainfall and moderate temperatures.
Learn more about the fascinating fungi growing in our area by attending the Humboldt Bay Mycological Society’s 44th annual Mushroom Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, at the Arcata Community Center.
There will be as many as 350 species displayed. Mushrooms are beautiful and colorful and the Fair is a great opportunity for photography. Other displays will feature edible and toxic fungi, lichens, mushrooms used for dyeing wool, and mushroom ecology. Mushroom cultivation kits, mushroom books, art, and T shirts will be for sale, and there will be educational presentations about fungi.
Admission to the Fair is $5.00 for adults and kids over 16, $1.00 for children age 12 – 16, and children under 12 are free. The public is encouraged to bring mushrooms they would like to have identified.