Byline: The Register-Guard
Three hundred and fifty different types of mushrooms. A scarecrow contest. Hay rides. Guided nature walks. Plant sale. Live music and food. The Mount Pisgah Arboretum's annual Mushroom Festival has been attracting thousands of shroom lovers and the mycologically curious for the past 33 autumns, and this year's celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Have some fungi you want identified? Experts will be at your service. Kids bored? Bring 'em along for crafts and activities (but leave Fido at home). Worried about traffic and parking? Take the free shuttle from Civic Stadium. Suggested donation is $8 per person; children 11 and younger free.
Scarecrow contest, you say? The Mushroom Festival offers prizes for Funniest, Most Original, Most likely to Scare a Crow, Most Beautiful, Best Youth entry and Best Overall. However, entrants must register by phoning 541-747-3817 and then set up their creations at "Scarecrow Alley" from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in advance of the Festival. For more info about the Mushroom Festival or scarecrow contest, visit MountPisgahArboretum.org.