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Vilna, Alberta, Canada: World's Largest Mushrooms

A clump of giant metal mushrooms stand in a public park, more for decoration than kid climbing.

Address:
49th St., Vilna, AB, Canada
Directions:
Public park 1 block east of Main St. at 49th St. and Dr. Frobb Ave.
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Giant Mushrooms.

World's Largest Mushrooms

The World's Largest Mushrooms are indeed something to behold, but the best part is the free tour you get from the elderly gentleman who lives across the street. He watched (with his own eyes!) its development from conception to maturation, and his knowledge on this sculpture is encyclopaedic.

When he sees you getting ready to take a picture, he'll saunter over from his perch across the street and start spilling astounding statistics ("... it cost $35,000 to build...Hurricane Andrew could blow through here and the mushrooms would still stand...").

I asked him if the mushrooms get a lot of visitors, and he said, "Oh, yeah, about once every half hour in season!" and, "There's a lot of stuff like this in these parts, but these mushrooms are the best. That pyrogy's nothing more than a half-moon." To which I replied: "But the pyrogy has a giant fork in it, and the mushrooms don't!"

[Mark Newlon, 08/24/2002]

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