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MUSHROOM FAIR

BY JAIME YARBROUGH

 

The Humboldt Bay Mycological Society put on it’s annual Mushroom Fair at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka on Sunday, November 18, between 11 AM and 4 PM. I had been to the fair in 2009 and 2010 but missed it last year.
The two times I’d been before were very similar but because I was new to mycology I couldn’t get enough. I’d met members of the Society and became a member of their online Yahoo page. After last years fair there was a ‘myco-phile’ who felt the fair could have been more with respect to several other mushroom fair’s along the west coast.
This criticism brought on a number of defenders pointing out the size of the community and the outstanding number of specimens coupled with several quality Mycological experts present.
So I went this year to see if any of the proposed changes were taken to heart. I saw no evidence in my extremely brief visit. I spoke to one of the members behind a display who agreed the last couple years have been poor for mushrooms in quantity of mushrooms, and the variety of specimens. Mushrooms depend on a myriad of conditions to produce a fruiting body and the most likely culprit is ‘climate change.’
Publicity for the fair was extensive. Attendance seemed to be healthy. There seemed to be a good number of specimens but overall quality for some were less than optimal. The educational resources, books, displays, posters, microscopes, mushroom kits and T-shirts were all present for newcomers and veterans alike. Perhaps with the plentiful rains we are getting it will be a sign of a better fair next year.

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