Jeff Michael Of Ellettsville Wins 2012 SEW Mushroom Contest With 9.5 Ounce Morel
Each spring for the past 32 years the Spencer Evening World has sponsored a morel mushroom contest, offering cash awards to those bringing in the biggest yellow or gray morels.
Sizeable morel finds proved to be few and far between this season, with an all-time low of 19 entries being submitted. This year the winning entry came in April 4th from Jeff Michael of Ellettsville, a 14-inch morel that tipped the scales at 9.5 ounces.
Jeff will receive a check for $100 for his entry, winning the title by nearly five ounces over Chrissy Pless of Spencer, who came in the following day (April 5th) with an 11.5”, 4.9 ounce beauty. Pless’ second place prize will be $75.
Moving down the list, the third and final prize of $50 will go to Harold Burks, also of Spencer, for his 11”, 4.6 ounce entry weighed in on April 4th.
The annual event always involves many of our staff members, with a special thanks going to our office crew – Kim Bray, Chris Harp and Michelle Hazel.
Just for the record, our largest entry to date still goes to the 1993 champion found by Charles Jordan of Quincy. It was a massive gray morel that measured 19 inches tall and tipped the scales at 26 ounces! Running a fairly close second is the 1995 prize winner found by Kurt Dorman of Lyons, a considerably shorter morel that measured just 13 inches but weighed-in at 23.5 ounces.
It’s important to remember that the primary reason for our contest is to have fun and get a large number of hunters involved. That means that non-winning entries are just as important as those that hit the big figures. Also it is important to note that not every year is a banner morel year, such as 1982 when Kevin Hawkins of rural Spencer won the contest with a mushroom that weighed just 5.1 ounces, still the smallest winning entry in our 32-year-old record book.
Each of the three cash awards will be available in the SEW office at 114 East Franklin Street beginning Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 a.m. Any awards not picked up by Thursday, May 17 will be mailed to the winners.
2012 Contest Entries
*Danica Christy, Ellettsville, 6”, 3.0 ounces
*Kailey Christy, Ellettsville, 7”, 2.8 ounces
*Elijah Johnson, Spencer, 8.5”, 2.7 ounces
*Deanna White, Spencer, 7 3/4”, 2.4 ounces
*Seth Miller, Freedom, 8”, 2.7 ounces
*Marc Ruble, Poland, 7”, 3.7 ounces
*Harold Burks, Spencer, 11”, 4.6 ounces
*Jeff Michael, Ellettsville, 14”, 9.5 ounces
*Chrissy Pless, Spencer, 11.5”, 4.9 ounces
*Thad Foote, Spencer, 7.5”, 3.6 ounces
*Aiden Clark, Spencer, 8.5”, 2.5 ounces
*Glenn White, Spencer, 8.5”, 4.1 ounces
*Steve Williams, Spencer, 7.5”, 2.5 ounces
*Nathaniel Williams, Spencer, 6”, 1.9 ounces
*Dustin Shepard, Freedom, 7.25”, 1.9 ounces
*James Pendleton, Bowling Green, 6”, 2.4 ounces
*Heather Rowe, Quincy, 11”, 4.3 ounces
*Michael Walls, Gosport, 8”, 4.5 ounces
*Logahn Sowders, Spencer, 7”, 3.9 ounces
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