Grand Miners

Fun for the whole family

Grand Miners

The Grand Miners Parade is a tradition stretching back 60 years in Cottage Grove. 

Grand Marshal

This year's Grand Marshal is Jim Gilroy.  Jim was the mayor of Cottage Grove from 1985 to 1993 and has been a longtime community volunteer.Jim Gilroy

Born and raised in Boston, Mass., Jim received a bachelor’s degree in business from Boston College and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling with an Elementary Education Certification from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.  He served as a Vista Volunteer (Americorps) in Appalachia, had a brief career in education, and spent 32 years in varying capacities of customer service and sales management at PacifiCorp.

Jim served a short stint as executive director of the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce before joining Banner Bank eight years ago as Cottage Grove branch manager.  He’s received a Banner’s Best Award.

Jim and his wife Mary have lived in Cottage Grove for 45 years. They raised three children here and now enjoy seven grandchildren.  Jim has served the community on numerous economic development and non-profit boards, including four terms as Mayor.


Diamonds in the Rough.


Entries must submit application and pay appropriate fee.  There will be an additional fee for late applications.  Credit cards accepted (details on application form).

  • Commercial

    Business or individual group of 3 or more.

  • Political

    Any political float or individual.

  • Non-Profit

    Festival courts, clubs, churches, & individuals.

  • Individuals

    Any private individual (i.e. horse & rider) or person(s) in vehicle.

  • Check-in will be on 10th St. between E. Polk and E. Tyler Avenues.

  • Be imaginative and design an entry to reflect you business, organization, or just for fun.


July 15th
Parade Applications Due

Applications received after this date will be subject to an additional late fee.

Sat: 8:00 a.m.
Staging Opens

Check-in located on S. 10th St. between E. Polk & E. Tyler Aves.

Sat: 9:45 a.m.
Entries in Place

All entries must be in their assigned space by this time.

Sat: 10:00 a.m.
Parade Starts

Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m., sharp!


The route begins on S. 10th St. and Jackson Avenue.  It proceeds north on 10th St. to Main St.  It turns right and proceeds east on Main St. to Gateway Blvd.  It then turns right and heads south on Gateway Blvd and ends at E. Washington Ave.

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