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FUN AND FUNGUS COLLIDE AT ANNUAL FESTIVAL AND SALE.



Byline: The Register-Guard

You can't spell fungus without f-u-n, and fun is what Mount Pisgah Mount Pisgah is the name of several mountains and places: Mountains
  • Mount Pisgah (Bible), the mountain in the Bible from which Moses saw the Promised Land for the first time
  • Mount Pisgah (Iowa), near Thayer, Iowa, USA
 Arboretum's annual Mushroom Festival There are numerous mushroom food festivals held annually in: Telluride, Colorado; Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; Morel Mushroom Festival held in Harrison, Michigan and Boyne City, Michigan, and the Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival held in Morgan Hill, California.  and Plant Sale is all about.

Fun as in music, good eats Good Eats is a television cooking show created and hosted by Alton Brown that airs in North America on Food Network. Likened to television science educators Mr. Wizard and Bill Nye, Brown explores the science and technique behind the cooking, the history of different foods, , the area's scariest and funniest scarecrows, craft vendors, guided hikes, hayrides, cider-pressing demonstrations, raffles and a booth dedicated to children's activities.

Plus, of course, an opportunity to learn about the fabulous array of fungi to be found in Western Oregon.

More than 350 specimens of mushrooms - from Amanita Amanita (ăm'ənī`tə): see mushroom.
amanita

Any mushroom of the genus Amanita, containing about 100 species, some of which are poisonous to humans.
 to Xylaria - are expected to be on display Sunday at the 27th annual Mushroom Festival and Plant Sale. Expert fungal fanatics will be on hand to help identify mushrooms brought in by members of the public.

Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation, with a suggested rate of $5 per person or $10 per family. Show-goers are asked to leave their dogs at home.

Co-sponsored by the Cascade Mycological mycological

pertaining to or arising from mycology.
 Society and Lane Community College, the Eugene show is the Arboretum's largest fundraising event of the year.

It also is one of the largest mushroom festivals on the West Coast.

"Last year we tied for the second-highest number of mushroom varieties we've ever had on display - 349 different species," said Bruce Newhouse of the Mycological Society.

With weather conditions leading up to the show similar to 2007, Newhouse said he expects a similar variety this year.

Meanwhile, the plant sale portion of the event provides an opportunity to purchase potted native plants from the arboretum arboretum: see botanical garden.
arboretum

Place where trees, shrubs, and sometimes herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. An arboretum may be a collection in its own right or a part of a botanical garden.
 or from commercial growers' booths at the sale. Dried floral wreaths and other items will also be sold.

There is still time to enter the popular scarecrow Scarecrow

goes to Wizard of Oz to get brains. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]

See : Ignorance


Scarecrow

can’t live up to his name. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Am.
 contest, but you have to hurry. The registration deadline is Wednesday.

Contestants build their scarecrows at home (use any material except invasive plants), and set them up in the Arboretum's Scarecrow Alley on Saturday. On Sunday, festival visitors vote for Funniest, Most Original, Most Likely to Scare a Crow, Most Beautiful, Best Youth Entry and Best Overall.

The $10 registration fee includes free family admission for five. Registration details: (541) 747-1504 or mtpisgjp@efn.org.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum The Mount Pisgah Arboretum (85 ha / 209 acres) is a non-profit arboretum and botanical garden located within the Howard Buford Recreation Area (930 ha / 2,300 acre), between the Coast Fork of the Willamette River and the slopes of Mount Pisgah near Eugene-Springfield, Oregon,  is located off Seavey Loop Road southeast of Eugene. Take exit 189 off Interstate 5. There is ample parking available inside the park, with shuttles from a remote overflow lot. Arboretum officials request visitors not park along the shoulders of Seavey Loop Road.
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Date:Oct 21, 2008
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