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Scheduled for for annual Midwest Morel Fest announced

Posted by wlpo on February 19, 2015

Whether you do it for the thrill of the hunt or because you enjoy the taste, mushroom hunting is a popular spring activity in the Illinois Valley.   Mushroom hunting has grown into a full weekend of activities in Ottawa where organizers are getting ready for the 5th Annual Midwest Morel Fest.

Plans for this year’s festival were unveiled Thursday at Ottawa City Hall. The festival will be May 2 and 3 and based in the Jordan Block. Saturday will include the Morel University seminar that gives you an introduction to mushroom hunting.

You’ll also be able to shop at the craft and food market, buy mushrooms during a mushroom auction and sample beers during a Home Brew Fest. The big hunt is Sunday, May 3 and includes cash prizes.

Tickets to participate in the hunt and related programs are available through the Ottawa Visitors Center.

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