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Northeast Washington Mushroom Festival

Looking for a day trip this holiday weekend? Head north to Kettle Falls for the Northeast Washington Mushroom Festival to find, identify, taste and dress like your favorite fungi. The daylong celebration includes vendors, children’s activities and a collaborative identification table, plus contests for foraging, cooking, art, and yes, costumes. Test your skill and fortune by searching for the biggest morel, or stretch your limits by bringing in the biggest variety of shrooms. Make sure to use containers that allow spores to disseminate as you hunt. Do not, under any circumstances, submit mushrooms from previous forays. Registration is open until the morning of the fest, but only 40 tickets are available to taste the vegan, organic dishes submitted to the culinary contest. If you’re not eating, attend afternoon presentations on permaculture and other earth tending techniques. Close out the day by dancing to Reggae hip-hop beats from FungiLion and enjoying other family-friendly fun(gi).

Northeast Washington Mushroom Festival • Sat, May 27 from 7 am-8 pm • free; contests $5-$10/advance; $10-$20/door • All ages • Happy Dell Park • 447 Sherman Pass Scenic Byway, Kettle Falls • • 509-738-2087

— Eliza Billingham

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