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4/17/2014 8:42:00 AM
Midwest Morel Fest May 2-3
Morel mushroomU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo
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Morel mushroom
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo
NT Staff

The Midwest Morel Fest will be May 2-3 at Washington Square Park, on Route 23 in downtown Ottawa.

The cost for seminar and hunt is $30 for people 13 and older, $15 for people 12 and under, and walk-ins add $5. No cancellations and no refunds. Registration deadline is May 1. Walk-ins permitted if space allows. Call the Ottawa Visitors Center to register, (815) 434-2737 or (888) 688-2924.


  • 4 p.m., Guided hunt seminar by Morel University. Limited to 120 hunters.


  • Championship hunt, limit of 440 hunters. Sign-in begins at 7 a.m. with a deadline of 8:45am. Contestants will be bused to a hunt site. No other vehicles will be allowed to follow.
  • 1 p.m., public morel auction.
  • 2:30 p.m. morel awards ceremony.
  • Other events — Morel mushroom museum, farmers market, hand and homemade market, Reddick Mansion tours, Ottawa Scouting Museum, shopping and dining, Main Street antiques.

Related Links:
• Experience Ottawa

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