Crews Set Up for Bohemia Mining Days

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COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- Cottage Grove has struck gold, and it plans to celebrate it.

Organizers were busy setting up for the 56th Annual Bohemia Mining Days Wednesday that kicks off Thursday.

New this year is the Gold Rush 5k Twilight Run on Friday night and the Kids Fun Run Saturday morning.

There are also going to be camel rides.

You will find people dressed up in traditional Victorian clothing, celebrating Cottage Grove's history as a mining and lumber town more than 100 years ago.

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"When the Old West facade walls start going up, everybody knows BMD is right around the corner, and they really get excited about it. The whole town gets behind it. We have vendors of community groups, as well as folks who want to make a few extra bucks and they are...artsy craftsy type," said Cindy Weeldreyer, festival publicity coordinator,

It all starts Thursday afternoon at Coiner Park and will continue through Sunday.

Admission is free, but all-day carnival ride bracelets are about $30.