Mushroom lovers had a place to celebrate this weekend, the Mushroom Capital of the United States, right here in Northern Michigan.
The 54th annual Mesick Lions Mushroom Festival kicked off Friday and wrapped up Sunday.
The festival celebrates the picking season for Morel Mushrooms, which are readily found in the hills surrounding Mesick.
Each year the event brings thousands of people to Mesick, where they enjoy a variety of carnival rides, a huge flea market, and a special mushroom parade. Organizers say that the weekend's chilly temperatures did have a damper on festival attendance this year, but that the festival itself still has a huge impact on the entire community.
"It's a big, big thing for all of our businesses," said Festival Chairman, Shiela Ferrel. "I don't know one business that it doesn't help. The restaurants, the bars, everybody's packed. The drug store sells souvenirs' and stuff. It's big money for all of us."
Ferrel tells 7&4 News that due to the weather, many merchants at the festival packed up as early as Saturday afternoon.