by: CONTRIBUTED - Area artists are hard at work preparing for the Festival of the Fungus Art Show. Here is one of festival co-founder Eileen Belanger's paintings that will hang in the show.Three years ago, Eileen Belanger and Nolene Triska stopped by a clinic at the Estacada Public Library led by Jake Hurlbert of the Pacific Northwest Mycological Society.

Hurlbert was identifying fungus species for hordes of interested locals.

Belanger remembers Hurlbert commenting that “There's so much enthusiasm in this town, someone ought to start a festival.”

So that's just what Belanger and Triska did.

More than 200 people attended the first Festival of the Fungus.

This year, the Estacada Chamber of Commerce has “adopted” the festival, allowing it to receive a tourism grant.

Belanger is excited for this year, especially since the wet weather has allowed for a much more abundant mushroom season than last year.

Maggie Rogers' pre-festival instruction on “Mushroom Basics: Learning How to Identify Mushrooms” and Steve Schmidt's “Fungus Foray” filled up quickly this year. But don't worry, there's plenty of fungus fun left to have.


The bulk of the festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at City Hall.

Jake Hurlbert of the Pacific Northwest Mycological Society will lead a mushroom identification clinic.

Everyone is invited to bring in mushrooms for Hurlburt to identify. Please only bring in specimens harvested in the last day or so. Fresh looking mushrooms without major blemishes are preferred.

The specimen should be wrapped in wax paper, not plastic wrap.

While you're there, check out the fungus art show hanging in City Hall and meet truffle hunting dogs from NW Truffle Dogs and Pacific Truffle Dogs & Scent Dogs Unlimited.

Art Show

Applications are being accepted for art to hang in the Festival of Fungus Art Show Saturday, Oct. 26, at City Hall. For more information call Eileen Belanger at 503-631-7155.


During the festival on Saturday, Oct. 26, local restaurants including Andale-Andale, Barbara’s Flowers and Coffee, Cazadero Inn, Harmony Baking Company, Hitchin Post Pizza, Trails Inn Cafe and The Timber Room will serve mushroom dishes made from local mushrooms.

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