The Feud

Slabtown Vs. Lemati

Two Teams Enter,
Only One Will Win.

Hear ye, hear ye!  The Eighth Annual Bohemia Mining Days Feud is back.  In the left corner, hailing from the west side of the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, five-time Feud champion, and last year's champions, give it up for Slabtown.  And in the right-corner, coming to you from the east side of the river, two-time Feud champion, put your hands together for Lemati.


For our 60th year anniversary, these two teams rekindle a feud going back to Cottage Grove's earliest days in the 1890's, in a fun way.  The citizens of Slabtown and Lemati will compete in three days of activities to determine which team has the most community spirit and claim the coveted Feud Rock Trophy. Lemati is a strong competitor with a larger geographic area and more citizens, but Slabtown has shown that its citizens have much in the way of community spirit and the support of many out-of-town visitors.


Let the Feudin' begin...

Backstory

Before there was the city of Cottage Grove, there were the Slabtown and Lemati settlements.  Slabtown, named because of the fir plank sidewalks which lined its streets, was located on the west side of the Coast Fork of the Willamette River.  On the other side of the river, in much of what is the Historic Downtown area of Cottage Grove, was Lemati, with muddy streets and yearly flooding.  The two settlements feuded over many things including the new railroad, the post office, and even water.


Bohemia Mining Days brings this feud back in a fun, family-friendly way with three days of games and activities.  Cottage Grove citizens who live in the smaller, west side of the Cost 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.

Activities

The Feud is spread over three days of nearly a dozen fun-filled games and activities.  Points are awarded to the winners of each game.  Representatives of Slabtown and Lemati can also earn points with the two Chuckwagon breakfasts and during Saturday's "Election Day," which goes on all day.  Points are tallied on the last day of the event and the team with the most points gets the Feud Rock Trophy and braggin' rights for the next year.

So stop on by the Feud Headquarters (next to Bohemia City Hall) and sign up to represent your town in this year's Feud Contest.

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.

Candlestick Run

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.

Fuse Winder

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 Lemati).  Bring your friends, bring your family, heck, bring a stranger, but don't miss this hilarious game of strength and teamwork.

Election Day

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 Lemati?

Breakfasts held on both Friday and Saturday.  More information and the menu can be found here.

Costume Contest

Like to dress up?  Now's your chance to show off those Pioneer- and Victorian-era costumes and earn points for your town.

Beard Contest

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.

Schedule

Day & TimeEventLocation
Thu: 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Feud Registration

Feud Headquarters

Thu: 6:00 p.m.
20 Miles by Wheelsbarrow

Gazebo Stage

Thu: 8:00 p.m.
TBA

Gazebo Stage

Fri: 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Chuckwagon Breakfast

Bohemia City Chuckwagon (next to Coiner Park basketball court)

Fri: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Feud Registration

Feud Headquarters

Fri: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Election Day

Feud Headquarters

Fri: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Bohemia Deputies

Coiner Park

Fri: 2:30 p.m.
Candlestick Run

Gazebo Stage

Fri: 4:30 p.m.
Thread the Needle

Gazebo Stage

Fri: 7:00 p.m.
Fuse Winder

Gazebo Stage

Fri: 8:00 p.m.
Diggin' in the Dark

Gazebo Stage

Sat: 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Chuckwagon Breakfast

Bohemia City Chuckwagon (next to Coiner Park basketball court)

Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Feud Registration

Feud Headquarters

Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Election Day

Feud Headquarters

Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Bohemia Deputies

Coiner Park

Sat: 12:45 p.m.
Costume, Beard & Hairy Leg Contests

Gazebo Stage

Sat: 2:30 p.m.
Pie Eating Contest

Gazebo Stage

Sat: 4:00 p.m.
Two Town Tug-O-War

Gazebo Stage

Sat: 6:00 p.m.
Cherry Pit Spittin'

Gazebo Stage

Sat: 8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Awards

Main Stage

The Festival

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