Upon returning home you are neither unhappy nor overjoyed, but you feel cleansed. Maybe Thoreau was right — maybe it isn’t fish we are really after.
Mother of All Morels Contest
No one knows the day it will start or for sure when it will end. But, when April showers give way to several warm days, woodlots become filled with enthusiastic, probing Hoosiers hoping to find one of nature’s most succulent bounties. Adding to this short-lived springtime excitement, local radio station WWKI will host its ninth annual Mother of All Morels contest. The contest will start Monday and conclude at 5 p.m. on April 30.
The brainchild of avid sportsmen and radio personality Kevin Burris, the popular event draws in the most fantastic fungi found in Indiana.
“This has been a strange year,” said Burris, when referring to this spring’s unusually warm weather. “Hopefully with the rain being forecasted, conditions may improve.”
Burris encourages anyone who thinks they have found the most magnificent morel to bring it by the WWKI office, 519 N. Main St., Kokomo, during regular business hours. Last year, Mickey Gurske swept the event with a massive morel stretching nearly 21 inches long.
The person who finds this season’s “Mother of All Morels” will take home valuable prize packages which include gift certificates from Bass and Bucks Outdoor Store, Foxes Den Restaurant, morelmania.com and a spinning rod and reel compliments of this outdoor scribe.
Adams Auto Sponsors Benefit Bass Tourney
In its ongoing effort to give back to the community, Adams Auto Group again will sponsor an open team bass tourney benefiting this summer’s Jim “Moose” Carden Kids Fishing Clinic.
The tournament will be held May 12 on the Kokomo Reservoir between 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the purchase of additional fishing equipment and safety-related items for the 135 children who will take part in this summer’s nationally recognized youth fishing program.
“We appreciate all those involved with the Kids Fishing Clinic and what they are accomplishing,” said business owner Brian Adams. “Hosting the benefit tourney is our way of supporting the clinic, community and the kids.”
• John Martino is the Tribune’s outdoors columnist. He may be reached by email at email@example.com.