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The Cascade Geographic Society is holding their Eighth Annual Mount Hood Salmon and Mushroom Festival on October 2nd (Saturday) and October 3rd (Sunday) from Noon to 5 p.m. The location of this family-oriented Festival is Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26 near the Village of Brightwood.

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The majority of the annual Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival will be held indoors, with the reminder beneath shelters and in a large tent, so weather conditions will not be a dependent factor. This is the place to come to escape the unpredictable Autumn season, to have a good time, and to listen to some great Folk music performed by some incredible singer-songwriters from the Portland Metropolitan Area.

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The Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival celebrates our rich bounty of Nature. It features exhibits on Salmon, Wild Mushrooms, and other natural resources. In addition, there will be a chili and barbecue competition.

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The activities of the Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival are suitable for the entire family. They include a Native American Salmon Bake, food vendors, arts and craft booths, folk and contemporary music, speakers, books on Salmon and Mushrooms, Salmon habitat walks, and Mushroom identification and safety, as well as information on the Northwest's Salmon and Wild Mushrooms.

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The Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival allows people of all ages the opportunity to spend the afternoon listening to some incredible original music for free. On the "Great Northwest Music" stage, there will be some of the best Folk music around as the featured entertainment. A number of singer-songwriters from the Portland Metropolitan Area will be performing from Noon to 5 p.m. and will be selling their CD's.

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Also featured at the Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival will be the ever-popular Wild Huckleberry milkshakes and sundaes. In addition, there will be Huckleberry jam and other Wildberry jams like Elderberry, Chokecherry, Ollalieberry, Wild Plum, and Wild Blackberry.

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Due to the emphasis on food at the Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival, flavored mustards will also be featured. These include Dill and Garlic, Champagne, Ollalieberry, and Raspberry, which are ideal for sandwiches and for cooking.

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Each year in the Pacific Northwest, people are made ill or even die from eating non-edible and poisonous Wild Mushrooms. As a direct result, a major emphasis of the Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival will be on Mushroom safety.

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The Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival is a place to gather educational and informational materials on our natural resources, including, of course, our Salmon and Mushrooms. It will also be an opportunity for individuals to learn about the functions of government agencies and environmental organizations, and even what schools are doing.

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On Saturday, October 2nd, the 1999 Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival also will be featuring the "Oregon State Chili Cook-Off Championship". Participants will be trying out their secret recipes in an attempt to win. The first and second place winners will be sent to the national championship which will be held in Terlingua, Texas in the year 2000.

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On Sunday, October 3rd, featured at the Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival will be the "Mount Hood Barbecue Cook-Off". True to the ingredients of their secret barbecue sauce, participants are coming from far and wide in an attempt to win this competition.

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This year's Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival will have a large tent for arts and crafts vendors, in addition to those stationed indoors with the music, and special exhibits. With these special facilities, rain will have a difficult time dampening the spirits of this special Indian Summer gathering.

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The Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival is the place to be if you want a delicious Native American-style Salmon bake, good 'ol down-home music, booths featuring mushrooms, a cookbook featuring delicious and very unique and creative Salmon and Mushroom dishes, arts and crafts featuring natural resources from the Pacific Northwest, photographic displays, information booths, educational exhibits, and much more.