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The third annual Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival is coming to Brookings, Oregon, in early November.

The event is slated for Nov. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Lane.

This year’s wild mushrooms display will showcase over 200 varieties — all of which will be collected from within about 50 miles of Brookings — with folks on hand to talk about and

identify the different specimens. People will also be available to identify people’s mushrooms brought to the fair.

There will also be information about how to grow mushrooms in your garden and when to hunt for the Pacific Golden chanterelle. There will also be a chance to sample different mushrooms and even try mushroom-based drinks.

Vendors selling fungi-related products (including fresh edible mushrooms) will be on hand and workshops will include identifying, growing, harvesting, dying with and cooking with both wild and cultivated mushrooms. There will be educational mushroom hikes along various coastal trails and expert presentations, including a talk by author Noah Siegel, who wrote the book, “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast.”

The festival itself is free; workshops and identification hikes cost from $5 to $20 depending on the activity. Tickets for the workshops and presentations are available in advance and — provided advance ticket sales don’t sell out — at the door. (Note: tickets for the ID hikes are available at the festival only.)

For the most up-to-date information, go to the see 2019 Wild Rivers Mushroom Festival website or email wildriversmushroomclub@gmail.com.

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