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Bohemia Mining Days recalls legend of mine's riches

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 16th, 2013

Festival begins

Thursday evening

Seeing the façade walls go up at Coiner Park in July is the unmistakable sign that the park has transformed into Bohemia City for Bohemia Mining Days. This year marks the 54th annual Festival, a four-day celebration of Cottage Grove’s mining and Victorian past that begins tomorrow (Thursday, July 18) at 4 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m.

There are lots of new events and some old favorites returning this year. Details are available at the festival website: www.bohemiaminingdays.org, in the Bohemia Nugget (insert in this issue) or by calling the office at 541-942-5064.  

The 2013 theme is “The Legend of the Mystery Mine.” According to local folklore, in 1863, James “Bohemia” Johnson allegedly killed an Indian near Roseburg. Fleeing authorities, he hid himself in what today is the Umpqua National Forest. Southeast of Cottage Grove he found large gold nuggets and found his way to town to cash in. Word quickly spread of Johnson’s discovery and launched a local gold rush that resulted in the creation of the Bohemia Mining District. The source of Johnson’s nuggets was never found thus creating the mystery mine’s legend and the naming of Bohemia Mountain.

Hollywood actress Summer Glau [Alphas, Hawaii 5-0, Firefly, Serenity, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Cape] is also a classically-trained ballet dancer who will be in Coiner Park on Saturday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. for the free city-wide dance class hosted by South Lane Ballet Academy and sponsored by a Dizzy Feet Foundation grant. More details on Glau’s can be obtained by calling 541-968-9059.

The popular Feud: Slabtown vs. Lemati, returns for a second year. Contest participants select which side of this Victorian-era historical feud they will join. Will Slabtown repeat its narrow victory over Lemati?

Festival contests are free and have cash prizes for first-place winners. They include: Beard, Costumes and Golden Pie Bake-off. The Victorian-inspired Feud contests include: Boomtown Carpenters, Cherry Pit-Spittin’,  Two Towns Tug-O’-War, Bohemia Deputies, Candlestick Run, Three-legged Race, Bounty Hunters, Fuse-winder, Thread the Needle, and Twenty Miles by Wheelbarrow.

Returning favorites this year include two parades: Friday’s Kiddie Parade at 11 a.m. and Saturday’s Grand Miner’s Parade at 10 a.m. The festival’s two themed meals are: Thursday evening’s Miner’s Steak and Beans Dinner from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday morning’s Chuckwagon Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. These meals have limited seating, and tickets can be purchased in advance on the festival website.

Saturday is “dress-up day.” The costume contest at noon awards cash prizes to the best-dressed man, woman and child. Every festival-goer in costume on Saturday earns five points for The Feud’s individual and team competition. Visitors can try their luck in the Wild West Casino on Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. to win prizes. An old-fashioned picnic takes place on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can bring their own picnic from home or purchase food from one of the festival’s vendors.

Many living history demonstrations will take place at the Festival, including a Victorian Fashion Show on Friday at 5 p.m. Other activities include a mountain man encampment, black powder shootouts, gold panning, corn grinding, fur trapping, square dancing, and Victorian crafts.

Portland-based Haworth Family Shows brings its carnival to Bohemia Park. Discounted Advanced All-Day Carnival Ride Bracelets are $22 and available through 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, at three Cottage Grove locations: Bi-Mart, The Bookmine and Delight.

For the complete article see the 07-17-2013 issue.

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