Lincoln County Mycological Society Fall Mushroom Show: 9/11/23

Lincoln County Mycological Society Fall Mushroom Show: 

November 11th, 2023, 9am-4pm, 220 Southeast Bay Street, Depoe Bay OR

Event: Mushroom Show, Depoe Bay Community Center

Date: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, 9am – 4pm

Location: Depoe Bay Community Center, 220 SE Bay St in Depoe Bay

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Mushrooms are Popping up Again in Depoe Bay!

Almost 50 years after its founding by Freda Holloran in 1974, and 46 years after the first “Mushroom Show” in Lincoln County in 1977, the Lincoln County Mycological Society (LCMS) returns to its mycorrhizal roots at the Depoe Bay Community Center for a one day mushroom show on Saturday, November 11th.

The one day event will focus on mushroom and fungi identification and education, with displays and identification of dozens, possibly hundreds, of species of local fungi that are literally popping up all over Lincoln County and Oregon these wet Fall days.

Identification tables will be laid out with species identified by local mycologists from the Lincoln County Mycological Society and “guest experts” from the Cascade Mycological Society in Eugene. Color coded cards will identify various species as “edible”, “edible with caution”, and “toxic or poisonous”, with additional information provided by LCMS members present. The public is encouraged to bring in their own mushrooms for identification that they’ve “discovered” in their yards, or local fields and forests.

Colorful displays will show how to identify mushrooms step-by-step, charts showing various mushroom and fungi types, and clippings on the history of LCMS and its founder, Freda Halloran. A special “Children’s Area” with pages of mushroom drawings to color and an area where adults and children can learn to do “spore prints”, a colorful and fun technique that’s an essential tool for mushroom identification.

LCMS will also be selling a number of the best and latest mushroom identification books for our region, wild mushroom cookbooks full of delicious recipes, and “fungi best-sellers” like Merlin Sheldrake’s “Entangled Life”, as well as mushroom knives especially designed for harvest of wild mushrooms, and LCMS memberships, which provide substantial discounts for our books.

The LCMS Mushroom Show in Depoe Bay begins at 9am and runs till 4pm.

In the morning around 10am, a short “foray” will take visitors out to a nearby location to hunt for mushrooms, and then bring them back to the Community Center for identification and to add to the display tables. Many mushrooms will already be on display, too, when the show opens at 9am. Space on the foray is limited, so please register for the foray in advance. There is no cost. Email for foray registration or call 530-748-9365. The show and foray are free and everyone is welcome, regardless of age or “mushrooming” experience.

Lincoln County Mycological Society is a member of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

For more information, see the LCMS Facebook Page: or the LCMS website at

Or contact us at or 530-748-9365.


Reach out to Kimmarie if you would like to volunteer to assist with the show. We’ll need help with setup, cleanup, IDs, greeting the public and recruiting members and selling books.

We’ll also be needing samples for our ID tables. There may be a foray a few days before that could be an excellent opportunity to go out and collect!

Volunteers are needed 4:30-7:00pm on Friday November 10th to help with setup of displays, setting up book and membership sales table, setting up display posters and refreshment area. Nearby recommended locations for foraging on Thursday and Friday are Fogarty Creek State Park and Depoe Bay City Park. Specimens can be dropped at the Community Hall from 4:30-7:00pm as well.

Volunteer shifts for the show day are 2 hours each. Please contact Kimmarie if you can do a volunteer block.

Blocks are:

  • 8:00am-10:00 am
  • 10:15am-12:15pm
  • 12:15pm-12:45pm (cover lunch breaks)
  • 12:45pm-2:15pm
  • 2:30pm-4:15pm
  • 4:15-DONE (cleanup crew)

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