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The 2013 Amazing Camp-Race Race does end on Oct. 1, 2013. The Prizes will be presented at our Fall Seminar Event in early October. Any points earned after October 1 will count toward the 2014 Race.
The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival is after Oct. 1 and will not count in the 2013 Race. The Sandhill Crane Migration might be witnessed before Oct. 1, but the peak amount of birds will probably be later in Oct. or even in Nov. It varies some, year to year.
The Johnny Appleseed Festival comes before the Oct. 1 cutoff. Covered bridges can be seen any time for the 3-point Activity Challenge. The Midwest has a lot of them. Parke County, IN claims 40. There are many more in Indiana and Illinois and “The Bridges of Madison County”, Iowa were made famous by the 1992 novel.
Another of the Activity Challenges involves finding a puffball. It is a fungi that grows on the forest floor. They come in many sizes, from a marble to a baseball. Sometimes white or more tannish. In their edible stage the inside is creamy white all the way through. Slice them and fry in butter. When they mature they are full of brown powdery spores, and definitely not edible. Bump a ripe one and a cloud of spores puffs out the top. More puffballs for next year.
Bracket Fungi are found growing on dead logs. They may be large or small, and sometimes are alone or in groups. They help recycle the dead wood on the forest floor. Not edible.