Here in the United States, the morel has become a sort of talisman among mushroom hunters. Although they can be found throughout North America, morels are very prolific in the Midwest, where they are a regional passion. At the Peoples State Bank of Chandlerville, Illinois, for example, an image of three morels is embossed on the letterhead, checks, and deposit slips. In 1984, Minnesota designated the morel its official state mushroom. Michigan, meanwhile, has long considered itself the Morel Capital of the World, and if any Michiganders are upset over Minnesota's bit of legislative one-upmanship, they may be consoled by the fact that their own Boyne City is host to the National Mushroom Festival, held annually on Mother's Day weekend. The festival's morel-hunting contest draws hundreds of competitors, who collect as many of the elusive fungi as they can in 90 minutes (the record, set in 1984, is 986 morels). Boyne City's and the other Michigan mushroom festivals, in Harriston, Lewiston, and Mesick, traditionally have a carnival atmosphere, and, in the case of the Mesick event, the crowning of a Mushroom Queen.