Slabtown Vs. Lemati
Two Teams Enter, Only One Will Win.
Let the Feudin’ begin…
Cottage Grove has a unique and colorful history…
Many white settlers began arriving here in the 1850’s. In 1887, the town of Cottage Grove was established on the west bank of the Willamette River’s Coast Fork.
In the rainy winter months, the early settlers on the West Bank placed large slabs of old growth timber on the roads so they could get around town without their wagons sinking down to its axles.
This resulted in the derogatory nickname of Slabtown for the west side settlement.
As more settlers arrived, the town expanded to the east side of the river where today’s historic district is.
Residents on both sides of the river began “feuding” over which side of the river would get the railroad depot, running water, and the post office.
Soon strong opinions created rancorous city council meetings until finally, in 1893 the “East-siders” seceded from Cottage Grove and created the town of Lemati, a Kalapuya word that means peaceful valley.
Happily, in 1899, the two towns reunited into the Cottage Grove we know today that spans both sides of the Willamette River.
Bohemia Mining Days brings this feud back in a fun, family-friendly way with two days of games and activities. Cottage Grove citizens who live in the smaller, west side of the Coast Fork of the Willamette represent Slabtown, while those on the east portray Lematians, as the citizens of Lemati were called. People visiting from out-of-town get their choice in which town they would like to play for, though Slabtown is suggested as this part of Cottage Grove covers a smaller geographic area and has a lower population.
Something New is Coming for 2021
20 Miles by Wheelbarrow
A twist on the classic wheelbarrow race. This time there is no finish line. Teams of two (one person plays the miner, the other plays the wheelbarrow) go back and forth along the racetrack of “burning” grass while being continually taunted. Last team standing, wins.
Come play with fire. In this game one person lights the candle while the other runs the candle to the end of the track and back. But if the flame goes out, it’s back to the starting line for you.
Cherry Pit Spittin’ (Not finished)
Two games in one. Distance and accuracy. Men, women, children categories.
Diggin’ in the Dark
Two-person teams must navigate a “collapsed mine” to find a “gold nugget” hidden somewhere in its depths.
An individual competition where participants wind 50 feet of fuse around a stick of “deadly, deadly, dynamite.”
Pie Eating Contest
Enjoy eating pie? Good! You’ll love this game as you make a mess racing to devour an entire pie. Wearing your Sunday best is not suggested.
Thread the Needle
Teamwork and steady hands in this fun game where two-person teams compete to be the first the thread their needle. Team members begin a distance apart with one holding the needle, the other carrying the thread. When told to go, members run to each other and try to put the thread through the eye of the needle. But it’s not as easy as it sounds as the needle-holder can’t touch or move the thread nor can the thread-holder make contact with the needle.
Two Town Tug-O-War
Put your back into it for this classic game of Tug-O-War. But this time you are competing for the glory of your beloved town (Slabtown or Lameti). Bring your friends, bring your family, heck, bring a stranger, but don’t miss this hilarious game of strength and teamwork.
Cast your vote and enrich the coffers of your town. Each dollar raised equals one point for your town. The voting booth can be found at Bohemia City Hall.
Chuckwagon Breakfasts (Not Finished)
Enjoy a nice breakfast and earn point for your town. Just drop your meal ticket into your town’s bucket. Who are the biggest eaters, Slabtown or Lameti?
Like to dress up? Now’s your chance to show off those Pioneer- and Victorian-era costumes and earn points for your town.
Think you got some nice facial hair? Come see how it holds up against the other contestants. Categories for stateliest and longest beards.
Hairy Leg Contest
Not shaved those legs all winter (and spring and summer)? Bring those Sasquatch legs out and see if you have the longest leg hair in town.
For decades now, “Bohemia City” has appeared in Coiner Park for three days on the third weekend of July… but not this year because of the pandemic.
Please join us on July 17-18, in our historic downtown district,
for the inaugural Mine Ore Cart Races on Main Street. The event offers live music, vendors, two parades & activities for kids.
We eagerly look forward to Bohemia City returning to Coiner Park in 2022.