Shelbyville Daily Union

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April 22, 2011

Spores ‘n’ More, Geocache Hunts This Weekend

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — If you tout yourself as a great mushroom hunter and look for a challenger among other great mushroom hunters or if you like looking for hidden treasures using high tech means, then this weekend’s activities are for you.

The 8th annual Spores ‘n’ More festival will be held Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 with activities in Sullivan, Findlay, Windsor and Shelbyville.

The event will begin with a kick-off dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Findlay American Legion. Dinner will include mushroom soup, baked potato, spaghetti, homemade desserts, and drink. There will also be hot dogs for the kids. Donations accepted.

Information on Geocaching will be presented by Tom Hankins, a member of the Central Illinois Geocachers Association.

Geocaching is a treasure hunt involving the use of GPS devices. Weatherproof containers are hidden and GPS coordinates are assigned.

This is the second year for the Geocache event at Lake Shelbyville.

“It sort of ties together with the mushroom hunt - hunting mushrooms, hunting treasure,” said Lake Shelbyville Corps  of Engineers ranger Pam Doty.

The event will be held at the Whitley Creek Boat Ramp Recreation Area on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants should register at the Cache In Trash Out link on

For those interested in learning more about geocaching, a free introductory class will be held Saturday at Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The class will be conducted by The Central Illinois Geocashing Association.  Lunch will be provided for class participants  Register by calling the Lake Shelbyville Interpretive Services and Outreach Department at 774-3951 ext. 2.

The championship mushroom hunt will be held Saturday at Wyman Park in Sullivan with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Fee will be $25. Buses will leave at 8:30 a.m. to the mushroom hunting site. The hunt will be 2 1/2 hours long. Grand champion will receive $100 and prizes will be awarded to first and second place in men’s, women’s, and kid’s categories, largest mushroom and smallest mushroom.

“We have over 35 pre-registered, including people from Nashville, Tennessee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Iowa as well as our usual people from Chicago, Peoria, Vandalia, and Effingham,” said Shelby County Tourism director Freddie Fry. “Everyone who has pre-registered, except for one, is from outside of the Lake Shelbyville area.”

Fry added that registration can still register at site.

“It looks like it will be pretty good weather. Hopefully the mushrooms will be at their prime this weekend,” Fry said.

The Mushroom Auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Scout Cabin in Wyman Park. Auction registration will be from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other events for Saturday include:


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