Somewhere between Anchorage but closer to Girdwood I spotted a sign Fungus Fair! I thought the plural of fungi was fungi but maybe not?? My curiosity aroused I hung a right and drove down a gravel road and discovered the Fungus Fair in a community hall. I was welcomed to enter and look around. This is an annual event on the Gidwood Calendar and about 40 people were milling about admiring and discussing the plates of fungi laid out on trestle tables. They were all labelled carefully and some were fresh while others seemed rather dry. There is no competition, just a chance for fungi lovers to get together. I was welcomed in and allowed to photograph. The Chinese woman behind the desk selling t shirts etc told me there is a large Fungus Fair in California annually.
There were craft sales and serious books for sale and a local art gallery also featured some stained glass and wooden fungi in various shapes. A celebration to follow which sounded interesting for sure Mushrooms & Martinis…but I won’t be attending that little soirée.!