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: www.cottagegrove.org


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!!