Bohemia Mining Days celebrates Cottage Grove’s colorful history. The town went all out to celebrate the centennial of Oregon statehood in 1959. In fact, Grovers and their guests had so much fun that year, a group of civic-minded individuals determined there should be an annual celebration highlighting Cottage Grove’s interesting past… and Bohemia Mining Days was born! The family-friendly festival is organized by a board of community-minded volunteers who work closely with the Festival Coordinator throughout the year to ensure this annual summer tradition lives on for future generations to enjoy.
This year the Bohemia Mining Days Board honors two women who have a special place in festival history. It was a different world back in the mid-1960s when BMD created a Queen's Court in 1965. Amelia Dunnavin Blowers was the first one. The her sucessor in 1966 was Reba Wolfard, however she was hired away by an airline company and couldn't complete her reign. Caroline Cutts Rippy stepped in and served as the BMD Queen for 1966-67. The two women will be honored on Saturday as the Grand Marshals of the Grand Miners Parade at 10 a.m. Later at 8:15 p.m. on the Main Stage, the two will share some of their favorite memories of that era of the festival.