2020 Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival
Countdown to the Festival!
Yes, it would be wonderful if COVID-19 were all behind us by the end of October. But, we are thinking that is pretty doubtful. So a small team consisting of Mount Pisgah Arboretum Staff, CMS members and our Lane Community College partner started talking about and working on the concept of a virtual mushroom festival in the latter part of June.
Here is Brad Van Appel, the Director of the Mount Pisgah Arboretum to tell you a little more …
The entire FREE event will be hosted on the Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s website.
The annual Mushroom Festival is the largest fund raising event for the Arboretum.
So, please do not hesitate to click on the Donate button during the event to contribute to this valuable local resource in our community.
Our concept is to recreate the look and feel of the much loved festival as much as possible. We will be asking CMS members and the myco community to contribute to our virtual mushroom display via an INaturalist Mycoblitz. And, we will have our normal Best in Show awards and prizes, plus some additional “scavenger hunt” prizes for specific mushrooms.
A virtual event will provide a unique opportunity to showcase educational talks about a variety of fungi topics that are not normally present at the festival. If you are a mycophile (lover of all things mushrooms), you will certainly recognize some of these “Myco Stars” that will be part of the virtual festival.
The festival will also include segments representing the Edible and Poisonous Tent, Fun Fungal Facts, and our ever popular cooking demos. Have a mushroom you want identified? You will be able to join a Zoom room and have one of our local expert identifiers tell you what you have. The live stream will start at 10 am, just like festival. Plus, there will be a special interactive web page for children and youth to get involved.
We will soon be reaching out to CMS Members to help host some Zoom rooms and to field online myco questions. If you would like to help out, please send an email to email@example.com.