BMD planning 2-day return this summer

Past Bohemia Mining Days queens were part of the festival’s 60th anniversary celebration in 2019 during the Grand Miners Parade held on Saturday down Main Street in Cottage Grove. Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions but organizers are planning a return for two days this July.

Bohemia Mining Days is a 62-year-old summer tradition celebrating Cottage Grove’s unique and colorful past. 

The festival transforms Cottage Grove’s Coiner Park into “Bohemia City” on the third weekend of July creating an enjoyable memory-making experience for people of all ages.

Recent Oregon Health Authority’s statistics show COVID-19 trends are moving in the right direction to reduce many of the current restrictions Oregonians have endured for more than a year. These encouraging trends motivate the BMD Board of Directors to make plans to produce a two-day event, July 16-17.

BMD President Don Williams says it has been a difficult year for our organization since the festival was canceled last year.

“We remain hopeful we can provide a much-needed celebration for our community this summer,” said Williams. “We have multiple meetings each week among our planning committees and with community leaders to be ready if Governor Brown lifts her state of emergency so we can have an unrestricted event for everyone to enjoy.”

Williams says the planning details-to-date will be announced at a press conference next Wednesday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at the historic Dr. Snapp House, 360 S. River Rd. 

In case of rain, the event will take place in the City Hall Council Chamber, 700 E. Main St.

Participants in the press conference will be in costume. Cottage Grove Municipal Judge Martin Fisher will swear in Councilor Kenneth Michael Roberts as the newest Bohemia City Marshal. Marshal Roberts will then swear in his Chief Deputy Scott Borgioli. 

In 2012, BMD resurrected (in a fun way) an actual 19th Century feud that split the community into two towns. At next week’s press conference, the BMD Board will reveal plans to expand the Slabtown v. Lemati Feud into a friendly competition year-round.

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