The Humongous Fungus Festival is an annual event held in Crystal Falls, Michigan, to celebrate the Humongous Fungus.
This giant Armillaria gallica fungus colony is estimated to be 1,500 years old and covers 37 acres!
The festival features a variety of activities and events, including a parade, a mushroom cook-off, a pie-eating contest, a live music festival, and a fireworks display. The festival is a popular tourist destination and attracts visitors from all over the world.
The Humongous Fungus was discovered in 1992 by a local forester investigating the death of a stand of white pine trees. The fungus was found to be the cause of the tree’s death, and it was soon determined to be one of the largest living organisms on Earth. The fungus is a pathogen that infects and kills trees and is thought to have spread from a single tree for centuries.
The Humongous Fungus is a popular tourist destination, and it is estimated that the festival attracts over 10,000 visitors each year. The festival is a great way to learn about the fungus and its importance to the local ecosystem. It is also an excellent opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
What: Humongous Fungus Fest
When: August 25-26, 2023 (Saturday 10am fungus parade)
Where: Harbor House (17 N. 4th St, Crystal Falls, MI)