2017 Mushroom Festival


Thank YOU for making Mushroom Festival 2017

a huge success!

Many smiles were seen on Festival goers gazing at the beautiful and curious mushrooms on display, enjoying live music, partaking of a guided nature walk and a stroll through Scarecrow Alley, enjoying delicious fresh-pressed cider and mushroom cuisine and simply enjoying being with community at the Arboretum!



We had the third-largest attendance in the Festival’s history and robust revenue at many of our booths – that means more nature education opportunities for kids and adults at the Arboretum, native habitat restoration and improved trail maintenance.











And a big THANK YOU to our partners Cascade Mycological Society and Lane Community College for all of their hard work and expertise!


Below are the winners of the Fantastical Scarecrow Contest. Thanks to all the folks who made these clever and whimsical creations and everyone who voted!




Scavenger the Ravenous                                        

By: So Metal (Matt Burney)  


                      Flamingo Ballerina

By: Spunky Fruit




Swept Away

By: Jacque Klas



Game of Crows

By: Carl DeBaldo



The Snowboarder     

By: Paulie Gable



Star of the Sea

By: Kaia Murphy & Meena Dillentor




By: Whisper Hollow







Mushroom Festival 2017 on October 29th

Festival Hours 10 AM – 5 PM

The Mushroom Festival returns for another fun-filled day of family-friendly activities!

Suggested donation $8/person, children under 12 free; sorry, NO DOGS admitted



                                 Festival Activities

      A Huge Mushroom Exhibit, with over 300 local species

      Live Music from 10 AM to 5 PM

              Hay Rides along the Arboretum’s scenic Meadow Road

          Guided Nature Walks by local naturalists

        A Kids’ Booth with face painting and nature crafts

           Culinary Demonstrations featuring delectable mushroom dishes

       The Fantastical Scarecrow Contest; vote for your favorites!






Friendly, helpful and fabulous!

We can still use parking volunteers for festival day.

Contact our office at 541-747-3817 to sign up.



Mushroom Festival 2017 Vendor List

Food: Dogs Gone Coastal, Holy Cow, LCC Culinary Dept. Students, Oriental Village, Ritta’s Burritos, The Mac, Viva Vegetarian

Beverages: Brew Dr. Kombucha, Cafe Mam, Noble Estates Winery

Art: Cada Johnson, Charting Nature, Flaming Pearl, Humble Bee Honey, Lean In, Moss Girl Ceramics, Rose City Totes, Sparhawk Farms, William Sullivan Books, Wooden Apple   Woodturning, Wooly Moss Roots

Plants: Doak Creek Farms, Fox Hollow Nursery, Willamette Wildlings

Mushrooms: Fungi for the People, Rainforest Mushrooms, The Mushroomery

Nonprofits: Cascade Mycological Society, Coast Fork Watershed Council, Friends of Buford Park, Friends of Douglas Fir National Monument, Friends of Trees, Natural History Society, Northwest Youth Corps, Oregon Wild, OSU Master Gardeners/Compost Specialists, School Garden Project, Sierra Club-Many Rivers Group, Travel Lane County, Whole Earth Nature School, WREN, Cascadia Forest Defenders, Eugene Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Lane Audobon Society





Hosts & Sponsors

The Mushroom Festival is co-hosted by Cascade Mycological Society

and Lane Community College, making this event possible!

And a great big THANK YOU to our Festival Sponsors: Mountain Rose Herbs, KLCC, Sundance Natural Foods, Eugene True Value Hardware, SeQuential Biofuels and Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys!

In big ways and small, our sponsors support us with their generous contributions

and make this family-friendly event a success.

Cooking Demos in the Courtyard

12:00-12:30 Soup & Salad: Creme de Chanterelle and Lamb Consomme and Kale Salad with Lobster Mushroom Bacon Bits. Presenter: Angela Stevens, Cascade Mycological Society

1:00-1:30 Wild Mushroom Camp Stove Cookery. Presenter: Heather Sielicki, Cascade Mycological Society

 2:00-2:30 Ask an Expert. Presenter: Steve Trudell, author of Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest: Timber Press Field Guide

 3:00-3:30 Preservation of Mushrooms. Presenter: Jennifer Macone, Mushroomery

4:00-4:30 Fun Guy Pierogies! Presenter: Matthee Kilger, Eating Oregon, LLC



Music Line-up

10:00  Hummingbirds Girls Choir & Singing Heart

11:00  Temple Under the Stars 

12:00  Monroe Street

 1:00  Betty & the Babes

 2:00  Acoustic Etouffee                            

 3:00  Satori Bob

                                                                       4:00  Fortune’s Folly


11:00  Dave Wagner – Mosses, ferns & lichens

12:00  Sue Sierralupe – Herbs

1:00  Bruce Newhouse – General Ecology

2:00  Molly Widmer & Chris Melotti – Mushrooms

3:00  Lehi Shultz – Mushrooms

This festival is a fundraiser for

Mount Pisgah Arboretum. Your donations

and purchases at booths & carts support

our work in environmental education

and habitat restoration.



Check out what our partners are up to!

  • CMS Meeting (open to the public) – October 18, 2017, 7-9 PM
    @ Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St., Eugene,  Special Presentation – Human Fungal Relations: Past Present & Future by Peter McCoy, co-founder of Radical Mycology
  • Family Mushroom Foray, October 14, 2017, A CMS guided fungi identification hunt in the neighborhood.
  • Adult Mushroom Foray, October 21, 2017,  A trip to the woods in search of mushrooms, including edibles.
  • Collect mushrooms for the display that will be at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival (three guided trips for CMS members & non-member gathering instructions)

For more information on these events, visit Cascade Mycological Society’s website.

  •  For a calendar of upcoming Lane Community College events and educational opportunities, visit LCC’s website.