52nd Bohemia Mining Days Festival Begins

By Sonia Talati

 

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — It all started back in 1864, when trekkers discovered gold in the mountains near Cottage Grove.  And Cottage Grove celebrates that discovery and the boom that followed with the annual Bohemia Mining Days Festival. 

 

Residents are swarming Coiner Park; which, has been transformed into Bohemia City.  Everyone will be able to sample the town’s fun and wild beginnings.  There’s plenty to see from Victorian dresses to the kids’ carnival.  Now in its fifty-second year, the family-friendly event never fails to represent Cottage Grove’s unique history.

 

“When payday came, they would come down from the mountains to Cottage Grove and so there were saloons and brothels, so it was a pretty wild part of our early history,” said Cindy Weeldreyer, Publicity Coordinator.

 

Saturday is “dress-up day,” along with the Grand Miner’s Parade and cherry pit spitting contests.  Admission is free.

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