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Fungus Fest begins today

August 2, 2012
By NIKKI YOUNK - Staff Writer , The Daily News

CRYSTAL FALLS - Crystal Falls will host the 21st Annual Humungus Fungus Fest beginning today and running through Sunday, Aug. 5.

This year's theme is "A Salute to Community Pride."

Activities kick off at 5 p.m. today with a teen softball game at Runkle Lake Park.

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The Crystal Falls area is gearing up for the annual Humungus Fungus Festival this weekend. Here, Janine Ziert, sets up a display of Humungus Fungus Festival t-shirts prior the event.
Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo

At 7 p.m., there will be a band concert on the Paint River Boardwalk.

Two events will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: a teen dance at Runkle Lake Park and a beer tasting fundraiser at the Contemporary Center.

On Friday, festivities start with a youth golf event at the Crystal View Golf Course at 9 a.m. Participants could win a four-wheeler on a par three hole-in-one.

There will be a city-wide rummage sale downtown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Forest Park School Academic Boosters pasty sale at the United Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a salad luncheon at St. Mark's Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday afternoon events include the annual Mushroom Cook-off at the Harbour House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a cribbage tournament at the Crystal Falls Senior Center at 1:30 p.m., a ball race on Superior Avenue at 5 p.m., the Community Pride parade on Superior Avenue at 5:30 p.m., women's softball at Runkle Lake Park at 5:30 p.m., and men's softball at Runkle Lake Park at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a pie social at the Christ United Methodist Church from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The rest of the day's activities will take place at Runkle Lake Park. Activities include volleyball at 11 a.m., the

strong man contest at noon, buckboard and horseshoes at 1 p.m., and the Runkle Lake Park Dance, with music from Lock N Load, at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, everyone is invited to a dance at the VFW hall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The "humungus fungus" is a 1,500-year-old, 100-ton fungus that covers approximately 37 acres in nearby Mastodon Township. Mushrooms can be found scattered all over the colonized area. DNA tests have confirmed that all of the mushrooms are from the same organism.

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