As the new Bohemia Mining Days Festival Coordinator, I invite you to join us for the 57th Annual Bohemia Mining Days, July 14-17. We transform Coiner Park into “Bohemia City” for four days on the third weekend each July.
Our theme this year is “All that Glitters… is not Gold” and will highlight the interesting role an engineer at the Annie Mine played in electrifying our town based on what he learned about the successes of Edison & Tesla in harnessing electricity. Andrew Nelson (the father of BMD’s founder Ray Nelson) traveled to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and brought the groundbreaking technology back to Cottage Grove and the Bohemia Mining District.
Bohemia Mining Days is an Oregon Heritage Tradition offering four days of family-friendly fun. There’s lots to see and do: two parades, a Kids Zone, live entertainment, a cultural village, a train to transport you into the past (on Friday & Saturday only), themed meals, a carnival and 75+ vendors. The unique Slabtown vs. Lemati Feud returns for the 5th year offering free old-timey games for children and adults that include cash prizes for the points leader of the two towns.
To give you an idea of what our festival is like, peruse our 2015 Event Schedule. We are always updating the website, so check back often for additions & changes. You can also find us on Facebook for updates as our plans come together for 2016.
On a personal note: I’ve loved Bohemia Mining Days since my first one in 1980! Through the years I’ve been a participant, volunteer, board member and now festival coordinator. I hope you will help me ensure the continued success of this fun, memory-making festival by becoming a sponsor, a vendor or a volunteer. Click on the Join In menu and select how you’d like to participate.
(The Hat Lady)