It's the most unusual Northwest Festival ever - a celebration of slugs. Take a tentacled tram, make slug crafts and slide down a soapy track to victory in our Human Slug Race! Meet critters up close at Trailside Encounters, take selfies as a flower and find our giant slug statue to play on.
Why do we have this zaniest of festivals? Well, if you've ever hiked a Northwest forest, you'll know our slugs are among the biggest and best - especially the yellow-green banana slug. But they're also vital to our ecosystem, breaking down organic matter and returning it to the forest floor, where it becomes food for our beautiful plants and trees. Long live slugs!
This year is the 35th anniversary of Slug Fest - pretty impressive for a festival celebrating such a slimy creature. So why has Slug Fest been so popular?
“It’s such a success because there’s nothing around here like it,” said Education Curator Jessica Moore, who will be watching over her 15th Slugfest this year. “People come out of curiosity."
Of course, says Moore, there are folks who come to defend their title as Slug Race Champion. And then there are the truly diehard slug fans. Which are you?