Several years ago a "humongous fungus" (a gigantic mushroom) was discovered in the Crystal Falls area.
"The individual’s network of rhizomorphs presently weights
roughly 11 tons, or roughly 600 pounds per acre. It occupies 37 acres.
In addition, it takes 10 pounds of phyphae (microscopic branching thread
fungus filaments) to support one pound of rhizomorphs. This 10:1 ratio
provides a conservative estimate of the individual's total weight of 3 tons
per acre, or 111 tons over the entire 37 acres."
This makes it the largest mushroom (fungus) in the world - it's hard to believe this monster mushroom is growing in Michigan and not Texas! Based on the average rate of growth through the soil, the Humongous Fungus is probably more than 1,500 years old.
After the benevolent giant mushroom was discovered it did not take long for the city fathers to decide to share this wonder with the world - hence "The Humungus Fungus Fest" was born.
For three days each August tourists and locals alike celebrate this giant fungus phenomenon with a spectacular celebration. The main event seems to be the making and eating of the HUMUNGUS PIZZA. The fungus topped pizza is 10 feet by 10 feet! It is the largest mushroom pizza in the world.
There is also an extensive assortment of other activities such as a Buckboard and Horseshoe Tournament; a Tube Float - here's your chance to float down a river on an old tire tube; or register for the Volley Ball or Golf Tournament. If your tastes run to a more sedentary pastime you can begin the day at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Hall for a Pancake Breakfast then view the Fungus Fest Parade, watch the softball game, or gobble up ice cream at the Ice Cream Social then toddle on over to the Pie Social for home made pies. If you are still able to walk the Salad Luncheon at St. Mark's Church offers tasty culinary selections. At the end of the day pull up a chair and view a fabulous fireworks display - a bang-pow! conclusion for a fabulous event.