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Magnolia prepares for mushroom hunt May 02, 2005 newstrib.com
On May 6 and May 7, a couple thousand people will pour into the small town of Magnolia for the 10th annual Illinois State Morel Mushroom Hunting Championship and Spongy Fungi Festival.
The mushroom-hunting championship was created by Magnolia residents Tom and Vicky Nauman, who grew up hunting mushrooms. The event this year is co-hosted by Morel Mania Inc., the company formed by the Naumans, and the village of Magnolia.
Tootie Mercer, one of the festival's committee members, said many of the festival's crowd-pleasing activities will be back, including the petting zoo, the craft show, the wall climb, surrey rides and chainsaw carving demonstration.