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Festival Videos

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video must be a whole book's worth.  Take a look at these videos to bring back memories of past events or to see what the excitment is all about before joining us for the first time.

The Feud Awards Ceremony from 2017.

Celabrants letting loose in front of the Main Stage.

Special Presentations

City of Cottage Grove Annual VisionKeepers Community Awards

Saturday, July 21st at 8 pm

In 2007, the City of Cottage Grove partnered with local organizations to develop a long-range plan to guide its growth. Hundreds of people participated from across the community in a series of meetings to create the Vision 2037 Plan that was adopted by the City Council in 2008.

VisionKeepers are appointed by the City Council and by the key partner organizations identified in the plan. The group meets quarterly to shepherd the process along. Each year the VisionKeepers recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to advance the goals of the 2037 Vision. This year those awards will be presented on BMD’s Main Stage on Saturday night before the final concert of the night.

Vision 2037 is now a decade old. Plans are afoot to once again involve residents and community groups in celebrating what’s been accomplished in the past decade. It is also a good time to consider any new updates to the original goals that will achieve our collective vision of what Cottage Grove will be like in the year 2037.

For more information visit the city website:


Main Stage Historical Talks

Thursday at 8:10 pm | Friday at 8:10 pm | Saturday at 6 pm

In an ongoing effort of the BMD Board of Directors to enhance the cultural heritage aspects of the festival we have invited local historians to give brief talks that reflect this year’s theme. “Every Trail Tells a Tale” highlights the history behind our local roads.

Go deeper… We also invite festival goers to visit the antique engine display and the Bohemia Mine Owners Association (BMOA) gold panning booth near the Adams Avenue park entrance. Visit our historical demonstrators demonstrating blacksmithing and fur trapping techniques. On Friday and Saturday afternoons embark on BMD’s Historical Treasure Hunt on our time traveling train to visit 13 checkpoints around town. You’ll learn some historical trivia and be entered into a daily $100 cash drawing!!

Bohemia City Hall

a.k.a. Festival Information Booth

It’s where BMD staff hang out and it’s located just inside the main entrance across from the gazebo.

All are welcome to stop by for:   

  • Vendor location info
  • Lost and found items
  • Security issues
  • Basic First Aid
  • Operational concerns
  • Schedule Changes
  • Feud Information
  • Feud Election Day “Voting” (Sat)

Or… to just say, “Howdy!”


Bohemia City Marshal Welcomes You!

Bohemia City Marshal Welcomes You!

BMD 2018 Bohemia City Marshal Bob EhlerAs Marshal of Bohemia City I'd like to welcome you to our fair city and encourage you to enjoy all it has to offer during your Bohemia Mining Days experience.

I want to assure our good citizens - and our visitors - my trusty deputies and I will remain vigilant enforce all the laws of our fair city. For those scofflaws who choose to break one of ‘em, they will receive a citation, with the fine payable immediately at Bohemia City Hall! If they don’t pay they’ll be locked up in the Bohemia City Jail. Of course it’s all done in good fun!

So round up your friends and family and head on down to Bohemia City to enjoy all three days of our family-friendly celebration of our colorful past!

Bob Ehler
Bohemia City Marshal