Humongous Fungus Festival back in Crystal Falls

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Published: Aug. 3, 2017 at 6:20 PM EDT
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The Humongous Fungus Festival in Crystal Falls is back.

The festival celebrates the 38-acre honey mushroom, arguably the largest single organism in the world residing under the ground near Crystal Falls for more than 1,500 years.

The Iron County Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event for the first time.

"Last year there was a lapse where it didn't happen and everybody was really disappointed, so we're excited to be able to bring it back this year," Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance Director Erika Lindwall said.

The weekend starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the annual parade.

"That will proceed down the hill in Crystal Falls so people will be throwing candy, there will be floats and that'll be fun," Lindwall said.

Right after the parade, the softball tournament kicks off at the Runkle Lake Park, and goes through Saturday.

Starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m., family festival activities like the pasty, pie and bacon eating contests are at the vendor village behind the Harbor House. Right next to the vendor village, the kids will have a place to have fun.

"There's going to be a kid's corner and we're going to have the ice cream truck there and all the kid's fun stuff is going to be handled by a local non-profit called Rise-Up Indivisible Iron County," Event Coordinator Leeann Kirkpatrick said.

Organizers said what they look forward to the most is the Mr. Fungi Beardy Pageant.

"So we have a bunch of Iron County guys signed up to compete and they will be doing a talent portion, a question and answer, and Yooper attire," Lindwall said.

"I think that the Mr. Beardy Men's Pageant is going to be a huge draw, but I think the street dance is going to come in either close second or first. A lot of people are really excited about that, you know, so it's an excuse to get out and drink some beer with friends and listen to really good music," Kirkpatrick said.

The street dance will have live music from local favorite Larry Ketola, and blues guitarist Brian Keith Wallen.

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