santa cruz fungus fair
Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Death Cap, or amanita phalloides, mushrooms are part of a large display of mushrooms at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair Friday. The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History teamed up to present the 50th anniversary event which runs through Sunday at the London Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. in Santa Cruz. The event features hundreds of species from the area, displayed in a re-created woodland habitat. The event will offer three days of demonstrations, speakers and activities for the family, the Kid’s Room for mushroom activities such as clay sculpture, water colors, face painting, mushroom art and making mushroom dyed fabric. Attendees will be able to learn more about local mushrooms, view mushroom arts and crafts, and taste unusual and exceptionally good fungal fare.

The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. There is an admission at the door of $15 general and $10 for students and seniors. Kids under 12 are free. 

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santa cruz fungus fair
People check out the displays of mushrooms on opening day of the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
santa cruz fungus fair
Areno Verfaillie saunters past a giant blow-up mushroom. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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